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Report: Bruins acquire netminder Fernandez from Wild for prospect, draft pick

The Bruins and Minnesota Wild have agreed on a deal that would send netminder Manny Fernandez to Boston for prospect Petr Kalus and a fourth-round draft pick, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Saturday on its website.

Fernandez was deemed expendable after Minnesota signed Niklas Backstrom to a US$6.2-million, two-year contract June 8. With Fernandez owed $9.25 million over the next two seasons, his departure will free up a large chunk of salary that the Wild can use in free agency.

Junior sensation Josh Harding will assume backup duties behind Backstrom.

Fernandez, one of three players left from the Wild's inaugural 2000-01 season, went 22-16-1 with a 2.55 goals-against average, .911 save percentage and two shutouts for Minnesota last season.

The 32-year-old is expected to provide a significant upgrade in goal for the Bruins, who allowed 289 goals last season. Only the Philadelphia Flyers (303) allowed more.

Kalus, who turned 20 Friday, had four goals and an assist in nine games with Boston last season. The six-foot-one forward was the Bruins' second pick (39th overall) in the 2005 draft.

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