Fernandez's future overshadows award ceremony

Updated: June 3, 2007, 3:03 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

OTTAWA -- Manny Fernandez could hardly have looked any more uncomfortable at Saturday's mini-NHL awards ceremony if he had sat on a broken goalie stick. Along with Minnesota Wild teammate Niklas Backstrom, Fernandez was honored with his first William M. Jennings Trophy for allowing the fewest goals against during the regular season.

Yet, it hardly seemed like a celebratory occasion with the future so uncertain for both netminders, but especially Fernandez.

Backstrom, who came out of ...

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