The Minnesota Wild made an interesting move today when they signed a highly coveted free agent. . .highly coveted despite not playing in the NHL last season.â†µ
The Wild signed German goaltender Dennis Endras, the MVP of the 2010 IHF World Championship, to a contract.â†µ
The 24-year-old stopper was named MVP of the tournament while leading 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 goals against average and a .961 save percentage. He was also named the tournament’s Best Goaltender and earned a spot on the World Championship All Star team.â†µ
Some may recall that it was Endras who stymied Team USA (and assistant coach Todd Richards) in the first game of the tournament in front of a world record crowd of 76,152 at Veltins Arena. Endras stopped 31 of 32 shots as Germany won in overtime, 2-1.â†µ
Wild GM Chuck Fletcher has already said that Endras will play this season in Germany, and then come to the States full time starting with the 2011-2012 season.