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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 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. Sep 22 - 11:18 PM

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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.
Sep 18 - 10:49 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.
Sep 11 - 10:27 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.
Sep 7 - 5:07 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.
Jul 7 - 9:49 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.
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.
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

Depth Charts

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