Originally created 08/11/01

Wild's Fernandez wins arbitration case



MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Wild goalie Manny Fernandez won his arbitration case, becoming the team's highest-paid player.

Fernandez will make $1.45 million next season and $1.6 million in 2002-03.

General manager Doug Risebrough and Gilles Lupien, Fernandez's agent, made their cases Monday before arbitrator Claude Foisy. A decision was announced Thursday.

Fernandez asked for $1.825 million next season, with a 10 percent raise for 2002-03. The Wild submitted salaries of $700,000 for the upcoming season and $750,000 for the following season.

Fernandez went 19-17-4 with a 2.24 goals-against average, ninth in the NHL. His .920 save percentage ranked sixth.