Wild reward productive goalie, extend contract

Updated: March 4, 2006, 2:26 AM ET
Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild signed goaltender Manny Fernandez to a multiyear contract extension before Friday night's game against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

Manny Fernandez

The 31-year-old Fernandez is 23-11-4 and his 2.20 goals-against average is the fifth best in the NHL.

"The Wild's commitment to Manny and his commitment to the team are based upon his play this season, and his performance with the Wild ever since he started the first home game in team history on Oct. 11, 2000," general manager Doug Risebrough said.

Fernandez is in the middle of his most productive NHL season and already has posted a career high in wins. He has usurped Dwayne Roloson as the Wild's No. 1 goaltender and could've become an unrestricted free agent after this season.

"We see this as a step that will continue to improve our team and help take us to the next level," Risebrough said.

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