Did you know that Niklas Backstrom is a worthless goalie? He also kicks puppies and punches babies. No, really. I read all about it last night. His $6 million salary is supposed to make him a mixture of Superman and the Flash. Letting in that one goal last night was simply unacceptable. It does not matter what the team does in front of him, Backstrom should stop every shot, and if he doesn't, he should just retire.
I can't believe the Wild haven't forced him to waive his NTC so they can trade him to... um... who is the team that people say take goalies with $6 million contracts that (in their words) aren't performing? Oh, that's right. No one.
Koivu leads a charge in back-to-basics win | StarTribune.com - A goal and two assists? Should probably trade him, too. You know, before he makes $7 million a year and can't be traded.
Michael Russo's Sunday Insider: A head's-up on helmets | StarTribune.com - The idea that "helmets don't do anything" is terrifying.
Hitting The Post: One is the loneliest number - Eight games in which one team was only capable of scoring one goal. Yet, only one winning goalie will get a ration of crap for giving up that goal.
Off the Trail
Fehr moves to ice from diamonds | StarTribune.com - Dun, dun, dun. The plot thickens.