Things move awfully fast in the 24-plus hours ahead of the NHL trade deadline. Sometimes it's hard to keep up. One thing that has been consistent is that the Minnesota Wild have been targeting a goalie as the deadline nears.
According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, the Wild have been hot on the trail of Jaroslav Halak, who was recently dealt to the Sabres as part of the Ryan Miller trade with the St. Louis Blues. That would mean New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, previously linked to Minnesota in reports is unlikely to be dealt to the Wild.
Just told by informed source that Wild has targeted Halak and are expected to get him from Buffalo...so that would be a NO re Brodeur....— Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) March 4, 2014
Halak's name has been connected to the Wild ever since he landed in Buffalo and he would certainly help stabilize a goaltending situation muddied by injuries.
Minnesota got sensational goaltending out of Josh Harding early in the year, but injuries and complications possibly connected to his multiple sclerosis has kept him out of the lineup since December 31. That leaves the Wild with oft-injured Niklas Backstrom and young Darcy Kuemper between the pipes.
Having a proven veteran like Halak is a pretty nice safety net, especially as a rental with his contract expiring at the end of the season.
Halak has yet to make an appearance with the Sabres, but posted a 24-9-4 record with the Blues to go along with a .917 save percentage and 2.24 goals-against average.