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Niklas Backstrom | Goalie

Team: Minnesota Wild
Age / DOB:  (37) / 2/13/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 194
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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. Jul 7 - 9:49 AM

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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.
Jun 24 - 6:07 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.
Jun 22 - 1:15 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.
Jun 21 - 11:23 AM

Niklas Backstrom underwent elbow surgery after the season.

"He had a procedure done at the end of the season to clean up a problem that happened earlier in the year," GM Chuck Fletcher said. "I honestly don't know the full prognosis at this point, but it's not a long-term thing and we're hoping that he'll be good to go in short order and healthy." Players cannot be bought out unless cleared by team physicians, so this could prevent the Wild from parting ways with Backstrom. This situation happened to Minnesota last June when the team couldn't use a compliance buyout on Backstrom because he wasn't cleared from season-ending abdominal and hip surgeries. His injury may exceed the buyout window, which goes until June 30th, again this time around.
Jun 8 - 3:01 PM

There's a good chance that the Minnesota Wild will look to buyout goaltender Niklas Backstrom this off-season.

The Wild are strapped for cash because they have handed several big contracts to some veterans like Thomas Vanek, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter but they will surely look to sign Devan Dubnyk to a contract extension. To do so, they will have to create as much cap space as possible. The veteran had a great career with the Wild, but he mostly served as the team's third goaltender after the acquisition of Dubnyk.
May 10 - 9:39 AM

Niklas Backstrom will serve as Minnesota's backup in Thursday night's playoff opener versus St. Louis.

Devan Dubnyk will of course be in goal for the Wild and Darcy Kuemper is slated to join the team in St. Louis as he is feeling better from an illness.
Apr 16 - 1:33 PM

Niklas Backstrom, Jordan Schroeder, Folin will be scratched against the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.

Unfortunately, there simply isn't much fantasy value to speak of here. Backstrom has been utterly ineffective in net with 51 goals against in 19 games. And neither Schroeder nor Folin have made insignificant contributions.
Source: Lou Korac
Mar 14 - 7:21 PM

Niklas Backstrom will be scratched against the Carolina Hurricanes, as Darcy Kuemper suits up to backup starter Devan Dubnyk.

Coach Yeo continues to rotate Backstrom and Kuemper as Dubnyk controls the net. Neither backup netminder owns much fantasy so long as Dubnyk doesn't slow down. And even then, Kuemper's value rises marginally.
Mar 6 - 6:21 PM

Goalie Niklas Backstrom and rookie Michael Keranen will be scratched against the Dallas Stars on Sunday.

Coach Yeo has been rotating backup duties while Devan Dubnyk commands the crease. Backstrom is 5-7-3 through 14 starts and 19 games this season with 51 goals on just 452 shots this season. Keranen has yet to play in the NHL.
Source: NHL.com
Feb 22 - 7:58 PM

Niklas Backstrom will not dress against Carolina Saturday night.

It seems he will continue to be the odd man out as the backup to starter Devan Dubnyk. Darcy Kuemper will continue to dress as Dubynk's understudy. If you have not dumped Backstrom long ago, what are you waiting for?
Feb 14 - 1:46 PM

Niklas Backstrom has been patiently waiting for his turn to play.

Backstrom hasn't played in a game since he allowed six goals against Pittsburgh on January 13th. Both Backstrom and Darcy Kuemper have struggled throughout the season, so the Wild made a move to acquire Devan Dubnyk from Arizona. The move has paid big dividends for the Wild, who have won five in a row.
Feb 8 - 11:26 AM

Niklas Backstrom will be a healthy scratch during Tuesday night's tilt with the Red Wings as the Wild activate Darcy Kuemper from the injury reserve.

It's been a poor season for veteran netminder from Helsinki, Finland. He owns a 5-7-3 record, with a 3.05 GAA and a .887 save percentage. Until he proves he can play better, he's probably not worth considering even as a spot-starter this season.
Source: NHL.com
Jan 20 - 7:22 PM

Niklas Backstrom was the main victim in the Penguins 7-2 victory over Minnesota Tuesday night.

The veteran goaltender was beaten for six goals on 35 shots before he was mercifully lifted in favor of John Curry with under 10 minutes to play in the contest. Playing behind a struggling supporting cast has been difficult for Backstrom, as proven by his 5-7-3 record, his 3.05 GAA and his .887 save percentage.
Jan 13 - 11:37 PM

Niklas Backstrom will get the start against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday evening.

Minnesota's season appears to be slipping away as they come into the contest eight points back of San Jose for the second Wild Card slot with Dallas, Colorado, and Calgary in between. And it's difficult see Backstrom as the man who will help right the ship as he's surrendered 45 goals through 10 starts and 18 games so far this season. Likewise, he's allowed 14 goals in five career starts against Pittsburgh.
Jan 13 - 4:52 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Mikko Koivu
2Mikael Granlund
3Charlie Coyle
4Jordan Schroeder
LW1Zach Parise
2Jason Zucker
3Erik Haula
4Justin Fontaine
RW1Jason Pominville
2Thomas Vanek
3Nino Niederreiter
4Ryan Carter
5Ruslan Fedotenko
D1Ryan Suter
2Jared Spurgeon
3Marco Scandella
4Jonas Brodin
5Matt Dumba
6Mike Reilly
7Christian Folin
G1Devan Dubnyk
2Darcy Kuemper
3Niklas Backstrom