Theodore signs with Minnesota

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, Last Updated: 12:41 PM ET

St. Paul, MN - The Minnesota Wild have signed veteran goaltender Jose Theodore to a one-year contract.

Financial terms of the deal for the former Hart Trophy winner as the NHL's MVP were not disclosed.

The Wild were in search of a strong backup for Niklas Backstrom after Josh Harding was lost for the season with torn knee ligaments.

Last season, Theodore enjoyed a career resurgence with a 30-7-7 record, 2.81 goals-against average and one shutout in 47 games (43 starts) with the Washington Capitals.

Since breaking into the NHL with Montreal in 1996, the 34-year-old has racked up a 245-221-52 record in 548 games. He's recorded a 2.68 GAA, .908 save percentage and 29 shutouts with the Canadiens, Avalanche and Capitals.

Theodore won the Hart Trophy, as well as the Vezina Trophy as the league's top goaltender, for the 2001-02 season with Montreal. He has also been selected for two NHL All-Star Games.


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