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Niklas Backstrom | Goalie | #32

Team: Minnesota Wild
Age / DOB:  (37) / 2/13/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 194
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Niklas Backstrom may get a chance to play this weekend.
The Wild play Saturday and Sunday less than 24 hours apart and they play four games in six nights, so Backstrom may get to see his first action of the season to give Devan Dubnyk a breather. He has been the team's third-string netminder, but with Darcy Kuemper injured he has moved up to the backup role. Thu, Dec 31, 2015 11:42:00 AM

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Niklas Backstrom, who hasn't played in a regular-season game since last January, will get to suit up as Minnesota's backup goaltender on Monday night.

"You prepare yourself and do everything you can so you will be ready, and that's what I focus on — to be ready," said Backstrom, who hasn't been happy this year as the Wild's third-string netminder. "I felt really good in camp. If you had asked that then, I know I would be ready. Now it's been a couple months without much practice with the team." Devan Dubnyk isn't expected to be out long with a groin ailment and Darcy Kuemper will handle the starting duties until he gets back.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 11:58:00 AM

Niklas Backstrom will be a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against Carolina.

The 37-year-old hasn't suited up in a game this season and he will continue to be scratched unless Devan Dubnyk or Darcy Kuemper get hurt.
Source: NHL.com
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 07:19:00 PM

Niklas Backstrom and Christian Folin will be healthy scratches in Thursday's game against Arizona.

Backstrom has had a nice career, but he's currently the Wild's third string goaltender. He won't get in the lineup unless Devan Dubnyk or Darcy Kuemper get injured.
Source: NHL.com
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 10:12:00 PM

Niklas Backstrom and Nate Prosser will sit in the press box Saturday night for the Wild.

Jordan Schroeder is in the lineup. He took Tyler Graovac's spot due to injury. Neither Backstrom or Prosser hold any fantasy value.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 08:40:00 PM

Niklas Backstrom will be a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against Colorado.

The Wild are dressing Devan Dubnyk as their starter and Darcy Kuemper as the backup. Joining Backstrom in the press box will be defenseman Nate Prosser.
Source: NHL.com
Thu, Oct 8, 2015 09:06:00 PM

Niklas Backstrom is expected to spend at least the first two games in the press box.

Backstrom has been relegated to serving as the Wild's third-string goaltender. Wild coach Mike Yeo said that he doesn't have a long-term plan for that situation. However, he also added, "There's a third guy that can't just be left off to the side. We have to make sure we're keeping everybody sharp and involved."
Thu, Oct 8, 2015 03:16:00 PM

Niklas Backstrom stopped all 28 shots he faced in Tuesday's 1-0 overtime win over the Winnipeg Jets.

Matt Dumba scored the game's only goal. It might be just another preseason game, but it's encouraging to see Backstrom perform so well after off-season elbow surgery. The 37-year-old has seen his play drop off significantly because of age and injury. He is no longer capable of being a number one goaltender in the NHL and with Devan Dubnyk and Darcy Kuemper on the roster, he will have a hard time getting ice-time in Minnesota. He is owed just over $3.4 million this season and it's unlikely the Wild will be able to find a trade partner for his services.
Tue, Sep 22, 2015 11:18:00 PM

Veteran Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom was back on the ice on Friday following off-season elbow surgery.

Backstrom is entering his age-37 season and following two straight disastrous seasons. He's expected to challenge Darcy Kuemper for the backup role behind Devan Dubnyk. While this is encouraging news for Backstrom and the Wild, you may want wait for him to prove himself before selecting him for a backup role on your roster.
Fri, Sep 18, 2015 10:49:00 PM

Niklas Backstrom (elbow) expects to be ready for training camp next week.

Backstrom said part of his triceps tore and was pressing on a nerve, but he received good marks from his doctor visit last Friday. "It's the first time an injury scared me that it would affect my life after hockey and pretty greatly affect it," Backstrom said. "But we're close to being in the clear now. Everything's going really good, so that risk shouldn't be there anymore." Minnesota wants to use Darcy Kuemper as the backup goalie this season, but can't send Backstrom to the minors without his permission. He could be assigned to a team in Europe or traded, as it's unlikely that the Wild want to carry three goaltenders.
Fri, Sep 11, 2015 10:27:00 PM

Niklas Backstrom (elbow) was scheduled to see team doctors Friday to determine if he'll get clearance for the start of training camp.

The Wild can place him on long-term injured reserve to start the season if he doesn't get the green light. Unfortunately, for the club that isn't a fix that will do for very long. Darcy Kuemper is expected to be Minnesota's backup in 2015-16 and the team would prefer to not have him share the crease with Backstrom. Trading Backstrom has proven to be difficult, so storing him in the minors or Europe could be other options.
Mon, Sep 7, 2015 05:07:00 PM

Niklas Backstrom went into the severity of the elbow injury he's been dealing with.

Backstrom had nerve damage to the point where he couldn't move some of his fingers. It meant that he couldn't so much as hold a phone with his right hand. He had surgery for his injury in May. Minnesota was expected to buy out Backstrom this summer, but the Wild can't due to his injury. Backstrom isn't expected to be cleared to play until training camp at the earliest, which means that he might end up on the long-term injured reserve list instead.
Tue, Jul 7, 2015 09:49:00 AM

Niklas Backstrom's agent, Jay Grossman, will meet with Wild GM Chuck Fletcher and Shep Harder, who serves as Minnesota's director of hockey administration.

Grossman reportedly has permission to talk to other teams about a trade or free-agent contract, which suggests that Backstrom may consent to being bought out. However, he is still recovering from elbow surgery so the Wild have their hands tied at the moment.
Wed, Jun 24, 2015 06:07:00 PM

If Niklas Backstrom gets bought out then there won't be any cap relief because he was signed over the age of 35.

As it stands right now, Backstrom can't be bought out because he is recovering from off-season elbow surgery. If the Wild were able to buy him out then the club would be charged a $3.417 million cap hit and pay him $1.333 million in 2015-16 and the following the season the team wouldn't be charged with no cap hit, but they would still owe him $1.333 million in cash. Buying him out would free up a little money and a roster spot, but he would have to be healthy first.
Mon, Jun 22, 2015 01:15:00 PM

The Minnesota Wild have given Niklas Backstrom permission to explore trade possibilities ahead of next season.

There probably won't be many teams lining up for Backstrom's services because he's 35-years-old and he underwent elbow surgery this off-season. There's also the fact that he hasn't been very good in the last few seasons. "He’s rehabbing. He’s getting healthier, and at this point he’s under contract for next year," Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said. "We’ll just have to continue to work with his agent to find a solution." The Wild can't buy him out because he's injured, and a potential buy-out wouldn't provide much cap relief because he's over 35. Expect him to be back in Minnesota if he wants to continue his NHL career.
Sun, Jun 21, 2015 11:23:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Mikael Granlund
2Mikko Koivu
3Charlie Coyle
4Tyler Graovac
5Jarret Stoll
6Jordan Schroeder
LW1Zach Parise
2Jason Zucker
3Erik Haula
4Justin Fontaine
RW1Jason Pominville
2Thomas Vanek
3Nino Niederreiter
4Ryan Carter
5Chris Porter
D1Ryan Suter
2Jared Spurgeon
3Marco Scandella
4Jonas Brodin
5Matt Dumba
6Christian Folin
7Nate Prosser
8Tyson Strachan
G1Devan Dubnyk
2Darcy Kuemper
3Niklas Backstrom