Officially signed, Endras is now a real part of the future.
In a move everyone knew was coming, the Wild have officially signed goalie Dennis Endras for next season. When he was here for development camp, he was already inked, but returned to Germany for one final season. Of course, this summer Josh Harding was healthy, and Anton Khudobin was the back up to the back up, so Endras was not part of this year's plan.
While it is merely a formality to announce the formal signing, it is good to see it come to official fruition. Endras certainly sounded like he was told he is a big part of the future plans of the Wild. He looked good in development camp
Endras has had a decent season in Germany, playing for a very bad team. He has a 20-21-4 record with a 3.15 GAA, and a .901 save %. It will be interesting to see him in camp this fall, and see how his game translates to the NHL.
Press release from the Wild after the the jump.
MINNESOTA WILD SIGNS DENNIS ENDRAS FOR 2011-12 SEASON SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed goaltender Dennis Endras to a 2011-12, two-way contract.
Endras, 25 (7/14/85), is 20-21-4 with a 3.15 goals-against average (GAA) and a .901 save percentage (SV%) in 45 games this season for the Augsburger Panther, who currently sit in last place in the German Hockey League. He was originally signed to a one-year, two-way contract by Minnesota on July 7, 2010 after being named MVP of the 2010 IIHF World Championship, helping lead Germany to a fourth-place finish, its highest ranking since it claimed a silver medal in 1953. He went 4-2 and led all goaltenders with a 1.15 GAA and a .961 SV%. Endras was also named to the World Championship All Star Team and selected as the tournament's best goaltender. He was the first German player to be named MVP of the World Championship and first player from Germany to be named to the All Star team since 1987.
The 6-foot, 168-pound native of Immenstadt, Germany, led Augsburger to the finals of the German Hockey League in 2009-10, posting a 28-24 record with a 3.28 GAA and a .905 SV% in 52 regular season contests. Endras went 8-6 with a 2.36 GAA and a .937 SV% in 14 playoff matches. He was also named to Germany's 2010 Olympic team but did not see game action. Endras was named the Rookie of the Year in 2009 after posting a 26-24 record with a 3.05 GAA, a .905 SV% and six shutouts in 50 games.