Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Coach Richards' Comments about Wild Goaltending Situation, 12/14/10

This is Coach Richards talking to the media today after practice. The goalie talk begins at the 3:00 mark. The reporter asked if he'd made a decision about who would start in goal for Thursday's game, and the coach said not yet, they'd probably make the decision tomorrow.

Some of the comments: "Theo's been pretty good, as far as consistency." Then some stuff about Backstrom.

"Right now, Theo's come in and done a good job. He really has. And to me, Theo's earned some playing time."

Edit: This was mentioned in Russo's Rants today.

Splitting Time
Greetings. Youngblood here with Russo at home wondering why he ever left Florida for Minnesota.

OK, it's not like a huge revelation, but Wild coach Todd Richards all but said Niklas Backstrom and Jose Theodore are splitting time in goal at this point. He got into the subject after saying after practice today that he hadn't decided on a starter for Thursday's game against Ottawa yet.

Here's Richards: "Right now we take it game-by-game. If one of them steps to the forefront and can run with the ball, that's what we'll do. Theo's been pretty good, as far as consistency. Back had a really good game against Phoenix. ... He's strung together a couple good ones. WE didn't help him out a lot in Anaheim. he also needed to be sharper."

Backstrom allowed that he'd had a couple difficult games, but said, overall, he's off to the best start of his career.

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