Friday, November 15, 2013

Mike Russo Mentioned José in Conjunction with the Wild

Minnesota Wild goalie, Niklas Backstrom, was elbowed in the head earlier this week and is currently out with a concussion. It's unknown at this time how long he'll be out. But tonight during 1st intermission between Minnesota and Florida, Mike Russo said that the Wild are "doing their due diligence in inquiring about other goalies" in case Backstrom's injury is long-term. They mentioned 3 free agent goalies, José, Rick DiPietro, and Johan Hedberg. Russo said DiPietro is on a tryout in the AHL for Carolina right now but is not having good results. He said Hedberg isn't officially retired, but almost.

Then he mentioned José and said he actually talked to him today. José said he's working out 4 days a week [with a trainer] and getting ice time every day with Marco Sturm (who he played with his first season in Florida.) Russo feels José would be very interested if Minnesota made the call. But it's going to be dependent on how long-term Backstrom's injury is and won't make a quick decision.

So we'll just have to continue and wait and see.

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