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Niklas Backstrom | Goalie | #32

Team: Calgary Flames
Age / DOB:  (38) / 2/13/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 194
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Niklas Backstrom has agreed to a one-year deal with Finnish club HIFK.
Backstrom will play in the Liiga next season after making four appearances with Calgary in 2015-16. He didn't see any action with Minnesota prior to being traded to the Flames. In 413 career NHL games, Backstrom has 196 wins along with a 2.49 GAA and a .914 save percentage. Jun 10 - 10:43 AM

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Niklas Backstrom beat his former club, the Minnesota Wild, in what is believed to be the final start of his career.

It was vintage Backstrom as he turned away 35 of 36 shots, including all 13 on special teams (11 on the kill). Backstrom finishes his time in Calgary with a 2-2-0 record with 13 goals against.
Apr 10 - 2:03 AM

Niklas Backstrom will face Minnesota on Saturday night, and it will likely be the final start of his career.

"It's probably my last start in this league so I’m going to try to enjoy these last days here in the NHL," Backstrom told Aaron Vickers. "I'm going to try to have fun and enjoy it. It's been a great ride, but there’s still a couple days left." Through three starts with the Flames, Backstrom has gone 1-2-0 with 12 goals against. However Zach Parise is not expected to play, and neither game has anything to play for so the veteran netminder could easily turn back the clock against his former club.
Apr 8 - 7:50 PM

Niklas Backstrom is a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against the Vancouver Canucks.

The 38-year-old has a 1-2-0 record with a 4.17 goals-against-average and a .836 save percentage in 2015-16. Dennis Wideman, Lance Bouma and Michael Frolik will miss the game because of injuries.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 7 - 9:05 PM

Niklas Backstrom will be between the pipes for Calgary in the team's regular-season finale on Saturday.

He will get another crack against his former Minnesota Wild teammates. Backstrom allowed six goals to the Wild on 29 shots back on Mar. 24. He has a 1-2-0 record with the Flames along with a 4.16 goals-against average and an .836 save percentage.
Apr 6 - 2:56 PM

Niklas Backstrom will be scratched against Chicago on Saturday night.

It's difficult to say if Backstrom will see another game this season, let alone in his career. But should he be done for the season he will have turned away 44 of 51 combined shots while splitting his two decisions with Calgary.
Mar 26 - 9:07 PM

Niklas Backstrom will likely want to forget his first start against his former team on Thursday night.

Backstrom allowed six goals on 29 shots as the Flames fell 6-2 to the Wild. Backstrom, who spent a decade in Minnesota, is now .500 after beating Montreal last week in his first start of the year.
Mar 25 - 12:22 AM

Niklas Backstrom will return to his old stomping grounds in Minnesota and start for the Flames on Thursday night.

The 38 year-old will return to Minnesota to face his former team where he spent ten seasons with the Wild. Backstrom is the Wild's all time leader in games played, 409, wins, 194, and shutouts, 28. It will surely be a special night for Backstrom and the Wild.
Source: Calgary Sun
Mar 24 - 9:16 AM

Niklas Backstrom is a healthy scratch in Monday's game against Toronto.

Backstrom won his first game in 15 months on Sunday night and the Flames have already announced that he'll start against his old team, Minnesota, on Thursday night. Jonas Hiller will start for the Flames while Joni Ortio backs him up. Freddie Hamilton will watch from the press. Deryk Engelland isn't with the team because his wife just gave birth to their daughter.
Source: NHL.com
Mar 21 - 7:35 PM

Sunday's 4-1 victory over Montreal will not be Niklas Backstrom's final career start.

It wouldn't have been shocking if it were, but Backstrom will play in at least one more NHL contest as Flames coach Bob Hartley plans to use the 38-year-old against his former squad, the Minnesota Wild. Backstrom is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and it would be surprising if he was offered a one-way contract given his overall performance and amount of work over the last three years. Still, if this is the end, at least he's getting the opportunity to close out his career by playing games. Until he was dealt to Calgary, Backstrom seemed destined to spend the entire 2015-16 campaign serving as Minnesota's third-string goaltender.
Source: Calgary Sun
Mar 21 - 8:22 AM

Niklas Backstrom stopped 21 of 22 shots in a 4-1 win over the Habs on Sunday.

Backstrom last started a game on January 13, 2015. He wasn't tested often by the Habs but was good enough to backstop his team to victory. This might very well be the end of a long and great career for Backstrom.
Mar 20 - 9:43 PM

Niklas Backstrom will be between the pipes for the Flames on Sunday when they are Montreal to take on the Canadiens

This will be Backstrom's first game action since January 13, 2015 when the Flames lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins 7-2. The 38 year old has played in 409 career games posting 194 wins with the Minnesota Wild.
Source: Calgary Sun
Mar 20 - 8:31 AM

Niklas Backstrom is projected to play on Sunday.

That would make it Backstrom's first start since Jan. 13, 2015 and it might represent the last start of his career. He's in the final year of his three-year, $10.25 million contract and it seems unlikely that any team will offer the 38-year-old goaltender an NHL deal over the summer. It is possible that Backstrom will get another start with Calgary before the season ends, but the Flames seem to be more interested in riding Joni Ortio and if they need to give him a breather, Jonas Hiller is an option too.
Mar 17 - 5:45 PM

Niklas Backstrom will remain the healthy scratch for the Flames on Wednesday when they host the Winnipeg Jets

Backstrom was acquired from the Minnesota Wild at the NHL trade deadline, but hasn't appeared in a contest yet in 2015-16. When - or if - he starts for the Flames is still undecided. Chances are, you don't have to make any roster adjustments.
Source: NHL.com
Mar 16 - 9:56 PM

Niklas Backstrom won't suit up in Monday's game against the St. Louis Blues.

No surprise here, as he'll continue to be a healthy scratch. The 38-year-old has served as a backup goalie a few times this season, but he hasn't played in a game in 2015-16. T.J. Brodie and Sam Bennett will miss the game because of injury.
Source: NHL.com
Mar 14 - 8:58 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Sean Monahan
2Mikael Backlund
3Matt Stajan
4Freddie Hamilton
LW1Johnny Gaudreau
2Sam Bennett
3Matthew Tkachuk
4Lance Bouma
RW1Michael Frolik
2Troy Brouwer
3Kris Versteeg
4Alex Chiasson
5Micheal Ferland
6Garnet Hathaway
D1Mark Giordano
2T.J. Brodie
3Dougie Hamilton
4Dennis Wideman
5Ladislav Smid
6Jyrki Jokipakka
7Deryk Engelland
8Brett Kulak
G1Chad Johnson
2Brian Elliott