José Theodore made 26 saves in what may have been his last game with the Wild. He had some funny stuff to say to me after the game, so check out the paper. He also said he feels he’s done everything he can do to prove he warrants being a No. 1 in this league, and I wholeheartedly agree.
Selfishly, I’d love to see him back because the dude is a class act and I thoroughly enjoyed getting a chance to cover him. But he deserves and should be a No. 1.
What I think he should do and the Wild should do is this: There’s going to be lots of goalies available this summer to back up Niklas Backstrom. The Wild could still get a quality backup even if it waits until mid to late July. Give Theodore a window to look for a No. 1 job. If he can’t find one, leave that spot open for Theodore. He said in his mind, the door is still open and he’d like to return because he loved it here. But he feels he owes it to himself to check his options first.