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Wild kicking tires on Penguins’ Fleury with Bernier dealt

Boston Bruins v Pittsburgh Penguins - Game Two

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 03: Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Pittsburgh Penguins lets in a goal by Johnny Boychuk #55 of the Boston Bruins in the third period during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Final of the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Consol Energy Center on June 3, 2013 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Bruins defeated the Penguins 6-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Now that Jonathan Bernier is off the market, one of the teams that was in hot pursuit of him could turn their attention to another French-Canadian stopper.

Michael Russo of The Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Wild have inquired with the Pittsburgh Penguins about their maligned goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. The Wild were one of three teams believed to be in the final race for Bernier, but now that he’s off to Toronto the Wild and GM Chuck Fletcher have to look elsewhere.

Minnesota could just re-sign their own unrestricted free agent in Niklas Backstrom and stop their search, but their pursuit of Bernier indicates they’re headed in a different direction in goal. With the money the team has invested in Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, skimping on goaltending would seem like a bad idea.