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Wild agree to terms with netminder Backstrom

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TSN.ca Staff
6/24/2013 2:47:03 PM
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The Minnesota Wild have agreed to terms with netminder Niklas Backstrom on a three-year, $10.25 million contract, keeping the veteran from becoming an unrestricted free agent.

The 35-year-old appeared in 42 regular season games this season, going 24-15-3 with a 2.48 goals-against average and .909 save percentage.

Unfortunately due to an injury sustained before Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Chicago Blackhawks, Backstrom did not appear in any of the team's playoff games. He underwent successful sports hernia surgery on May 16.

Backstrom is the most successful goaltender in franchise history, owning the team's career win mark with 184 victories. He has spent his entire seven-year career in Minnesota, posting a 184-124-45 record, with a 2.43 GAA, a .917 SV% and 28 shutouts in 369 career games. Since entering the league in 2006-07, Backstrom ranks tied for eighth in shutouts and save percentage, ninth in games played, 10th in wins and 11th in GAA. He was originally signed by the Wild as a free agent on June 1, 2006.


In 2009, Backstrom was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the league's best goaltender. During that season, he also appeared in the NHL All-Star Game.

Niklas Backstrom (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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