Niklas Backstrom RUMORS & NEWS

  • Flames send F Jones to Wild for G Backstrom

    TSN "The Calgary Flames have traded David Jones to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for goaltender Niklas Backstrom and a sixth-round draft pick in 2016. Jones, 31, has scored nine goals and added six assists in 59 games games this season. A veteran of 443 games with the Flames and Colorado..." February 29

  • Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom caught in tenuous situation

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom said that he didn’t keep an elbow injury, which ultimately required surgery, a secret in order to prevent being bought out of the final year of his contract. Backstrom is preparing for his 10th training camp, spending nearly four hours daily on the ice in..." September 10

  • Wild's Backstrom says elbow injury had nerve damage

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Late last season, Niklas Backstrom suffered nerve damage in his right elbow that caused him to be unable to use his right hand while driving a car or holding a phone. The Wild goaltender, who underwent surgery in May, revealed the nature of the injury and how much it affected him during a..." July 08

  • Niklas Backstrom's elbow surgery is an issue for Wild

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "For those who have followed the Wild’s turbulent goaltending situation the past several years, it should come as no shock that a problem has emerged. For months, it has been presumed that the Wild would buy out the final year of veteran Niklas Backstrom’s contract this month. Hampered by..." June 08

  • Wild faces decision with goalie Niklas Backstrom

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Niklas Backstrom’s nine-year career with the Wild might be over. The Wild’s all-time leader with 194 wins and 409 games has one year left on his contract, but the 37-year-old goalie last played on Jan. 13 and was scratched every game in the playoffs but one, when Darcy Kuemper was..." May 12

  • Wild Recalls Curry; Places Backstrom On IR "The Minnesota Wild has recalled goaltender John Curry under emergency conditions from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL) and placed goaltender Niklas Backstrom on Injured Reserve retroactive to Dec. 21 due to illness. Curry, 30 (2/27/84), has not appeared in a game with Minnesota..." December 27

  • Wild's new plan in goal: Kuemper-Backstrom

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Before Niklas Backstrom was hurt, before Josh Harding missed time because of multiple sclerosis (and then broke his foot), before the never-ending goalie carousel hit the Wild, Darcy Kuemper was expected to start this season in the minor leagues. The grand plan had Backstrom and Harding as the..." October 08

  • Wild's Backstrom, Zucker out for remainder of season "Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom underwent successful core muscle surgery Tuesday in Philadelphia. The Wild said Wednesday that Backstrom is expected to miss the remainder of this season but should be fully recovered for the start of 2014-15. Backstrom went 5-11-2 with an .899 save..." March 27

  • Wild adds goalie depth in Bryzgalov; Backstrom shut down

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "On a day when rumors swirled that future first-ballot Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur or Jaroslav Halak could be Minnesota-bound, the Wild pulled the lever on the simplest available option for goaltending insurance. General Manager Chuck Fletcher, on the day he shut down Niklas Backstrom for the..." March 05

  • Wild missing Niklas Backstrom, Josh Harding from practice

    Fox Sports "The Minnesota Wild approached Monday's practice with three goaltenders on the ice, as they've had for much of the past week. Only Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding weren't part of the trio. Minnesota called in a pair of practice goaltenders to complement Darcy Kuemper on Monday. Kuemper will..." January 20

  • Backstrom, Ballard practice but not expected to play for Wild in Winnipeg

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Neither Niklas Backstrom nor Keith Ballard cared to waste any energy on frustration or self-pity. Backstrom, the Wild goalie, was inching his way through the uncertain aftermath of a concussion after taking a nasty hit earlier this month. Ballard, who has been sidelined for all but nine games this..." November 23

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    Michael Russo @Russostrib

    Backstrom out tomorrow; callup coming. Yeo expects Granlund to be ok and able to play but "not out of clear" of head shot timetable #mnwild

  • Leafs' Nazem Kadri to have disciplinary hearing on Thursday

    TSN "Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri will have a disciplinary hearing at 1pm et Thursday for his hit to Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom during Minnesota's 2-1 shootout win on Wednesday. Kardi ran over Backstrom seven minutes into the game. Kadri's elbow appeared to hit Backstrom..." November 14

  • Kadri knocks Wild’s Backstrom out of game

    Pro Hockey Talk "Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri drew ire and plenty of criticism for a collision with Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom on Wednesday. Backstrom, 35, tried to play through the pain but eventually made way for Josh Harding. That might sound like a blessing in disguise for Minnesota..." November 14

  • Backstrom out Friday vs. Florida after Kadri collision

    Pro Hockey Talk "Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom has been ruled out of tomorrow’s game against the Panthers after getting bowled over last night against Toronto, the Minnesota Star-Tribune reports. Backstrom left Wednesday’s contest following a first-period collision with Nazem Kadri. The Toronto forward was given..." November 14

  • Wild lose Backstrom, but rally for 2-1 shootout win vs. Toronto

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Brian Burke is no longer throwing words around like “truculence” as Toronto’s general manager, but Randy Carlyle, the no-nonsense, brusque coach he hired to command the Maple Leafs, is still there. Carlyle, as the Wild knows from his days coaching Anaheim, loves the rough stuff. In fact, the..." November 14

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    Minnesota Wild @mnwild

    Backstrom plays for #mnwild tonight. Harding a little under the weather, will back up. Stoner in for Dumba vs #mapleleafs

  • Ballard out, Dumba in; Backstrom returns in backup role tonight

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "As Josh Harding’s backup goaltender Niklas Backstrom is expected to return to the nets tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning after missing the past four games with a knee injury. Darcy Kuemper will likely be reassigned to Iowa either today or tomorrow joining the Baby Wild in Charlotte for..." October 17

  • Wild lose goaltender Niklas Backstrom to injury on Tuesday night

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Goaltender Niklas Backstrom left the Wild's game against the Predators Tuesday 11:14 into the first period after a collision with Nashillve's Eric Nystrom. The former Wild forward was on a breakaway when he was slashed from behind by Wild defenseman Keith Ballard causing him to lose his footing..." October 09

  • Wild goalies Nik Backstrom, Josh Harding resume healthy competition

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "It didn't hit Josh Harding until Thursday morning midway through the Wild's morning practice. Harding was talking with goalie coach Bob Mason and Niklas Backstrom when it dawned on them how long the three have been together. Mason is entering his 12th season with the Wild Harding his ninth and..." September 27

  • Wild re-sign Niklas Backstrom to 3-year deal

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Wild has agreed to terms with its winningest goalie in franchise history. Niklas Backstrom has agreed to a three-year deal worth $10.25 million ($3.42 million). Backstrom, the Wild's goalie of seven years, won 24 games last year before sustaining a sports hernia before the playoffs. He..." June 24

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    Renaud Lavoie @RenLavoieRDS

    Wild GM, Cliff Fletcher, told me it will be a "challenge" to bring back PM Bouchard. Priority is signing Backstrom.

  • Minnesota's Niklas Backstrom's surgery successful

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom underwent successful sports hernia surgery Thursday in Philadelphia and is expected to be ready for the 2013-14 season, Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher announced. Backstrom, however, will be a free agent. He was injured during pregame warmups for..." May 16

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    Michael Russo @Russostrib

    As of now, only #mnwild postseason surgeries are Nik Backstrom (sports hernia, Wednesday) and Mike Rupp (meniscus). Rupp is short recovery

  • Minnesota Wild goalies playing musical chairs in net

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "When Matt Cullen won the Stanley Cup with Carolina in 2006, the Hurricanes lost their starting goalie before the team played its first road game in the playoffs. They got "spanked," Cullen said, in Games 1 and 2. The starter, Martin Gerber, was sick and had played poorly. So they turned to..." May 09

  • Backstrom unsure of when he will return

    CSN Chicago "Niklas Backstrom’s answers sounded tentative at best. The Minnesota Wild goalie was addressing the local media on Saturday afternoon, talking about his practice and the lower-body injury that made him a late Game 1 scratch. Backstrom is confident he’ll return. It just didn’t sound like he’s..." May 05

  • Wild suddenly find themselves all-in with Josh Harding

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Zach Parise stopped next to Josh Harding a few minutes before the puck dropped in the Wild's first playoff game in five years, and only a few minutes after Harding learned he would be starting. Parise wanted to share a few words with the goalie before his first start since January. "It's..." May 02

  • Harding fills in amazingly for injured Backstrom

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Scoreboards don’t grade on a curve. We can. We can recognize that while Josh Harding will go down as the losing goaltender in the Wild’s 2-1 loss to Chicago at the United Center on Tuesday night, he was the most remarkable player on the ice. Three months since his last NHL start, at the..." May 01

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    Michael Russo @Russostrib

    Niklas Backstrom injured in warmups (with video), Josh Harding starting vs. Hawks #mnwild…

  • Ovechkin, Backstrom, Kadri named 'Three Stars' "Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom and Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending March 24. Ovechkin led the NHL with five goals and eight points in four games, stretching his..." March 25

  • Pacioretty, Bergeron, Backstrom named 'Three Stars' "Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty, Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron and Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for the week ending March 3. Pacioretty recorded at least one point in all four of his games, tying for the League lead in..." March 04

  • Niklas Backstrom to stay in Minnesota for now

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom, who had planned to play in Belarus during the NHL lockout, will stay in Minnesota for now because of a minor ankle injury, he said via text message. Backstrom had surgery on his ankle after the 2011-12 season but injured his other ankle while getting ready for..." September 21

  • Ankle injury puts Niklas Backstrom's KHL trip on hold

    Pro Hockey Talk "Niklas Backstrom's Belorussian jaunt appears to be on hold, according to the Minnesota Star-Tribune. The Minnesota Wild's goalie injured his ankle during informal practices (or "professional beer league hockey"), putting his deal with the KHL's Dinamo Minsk in jeopardy. Russo reports that..." September 20

  • Niklas Backstrom ready, but Josh Harding likely to play

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Though Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom appears to be fully healed from a groin injury that has cost him 11 games, Josh Harding likely will remain the team's starting goalie for the team's game on Thursday, March 22, against Calgary at the Xcel Energy Center, Wild coach Mike Yeo said after..." March 21

  • Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom could be done for season

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom is out two to four weeks with a strained groin, coach Mike Yeo said Friday, leaving his season in jeopardy while creating another opportunity for rookie Matt Hackett. Yeo said an MRI in the Twin Cities revealed Backstrom's injury was not as serious as initially..." March 03

  • Backstrom big, even in shootout

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "For two months, the Wild has sounded like a broken record. "We're not going to outskill teams." "We need to get to the net." "We need to score more dirty goals." Thursday night, the Wild did just that against the Florida Panthers, getting in former teammate Jose Theodore's kitchen and..." February 24

  • Wild's Backstrom finding his form in goal

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "If there has been one constant during Wild victories this season, it has been this: good goaltending. Execution between the pipes has to be above average to give the team a better-than-average chance to win. And that's why both head coach Mike Yeo and goaltending coach Bob Mason are cautiously..." February 23

  • Niklas Backstrom has edge over Josh Harding

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Earlier this week, Wild coach Mike Yeo said it was time for one of his two goaltenders - Niklas Backstrom or Josh Harding - to take over the No. 1 job on a consistent basis. If both are auditioning for the majority of the work, Backstrom has made a strong impression. He stopped 37 shots in the..." February 04

  • Niklas Backstrom back in Minnesota Wild goal after battling a virus for more than a week

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "After missing four games because of a virus that had left him ill for more than a week, Niklas Backstrom returned to the net for the Wild on Thursday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Backstrom said earlier this week that he started feeling sick during the Wild's loss in Calgary on Jan. 7,..." January 20

  • Wild still awaiting Niklas Backstrom's return to health

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "With Josh Harding coming off one of the best games of his career - and Niklas Backstrom still recovering from a nasty virus he's had for 10 days - the Wild started Harding for the fourth straight game against the Flyers on Tuesday night. Harding, who made a career-high 47 saves in the Wild's..." January 18

  • Backstrom chimes in with a shutout

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The big question now is who starts in goal Thursday in San Jose. The Wild has a goaltending controversy, but only because of an embarrassment of riches. After backup Josh Harding reeled off four victories in a row and was named the NHL's First Star of the Week, Niklas Backstrom made his..." November 09

  • Niklas Backstrom will be back in goal for the Wild at Calgary

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Josh Harding was named the NHL's No. 1 star of the week Monday for giving up three goals in three wins for the Wild last week. Good enough to remain the starting goaltender, right? Wrong. Harding will go back to the bench tonight to back up Niklas Backstrom when the Wild play the Flames..." November 08

  • Niklas Backstrom says he played most of the season with shoulder injury

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom played most of the season with a sore right shoulder, he revealed Monday. Backstrom, who finished with a 22-23-5 record, a 2.66 goals-against record and a .916 save percentage, said he met with doctors Monday and they believe no surgery will be necessary. He..." April 12

  • Backstrom says too few shots, too many mistakes hurt Wild this season

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "Missing the playoffs has hit Niklas Backstrom harder than a puck to the facemask. It's evident in his body language. "You play for the team," he explained. "You don't make the playoffs, you can't leave the season with a smile on your face." The fifth-year goaltender from Helsinki,..." April 11

  • Backstrom's a glover, not a fighter

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Niklas Backstrom watched Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro get clocked in a one-punch knockout by Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Brent Johnson on Wednesday night and said, "That's why I don't fight." "I almost got into a fight once," the Wild goalie said, laughing. "It was the last game in Sweden in..." February 04

  • Backstrom thwarts Kings in shootout shutout

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "At one point during Monday's practice, Todd Richards told his sunburned players to get their "minds and bodies" back into hockey mode. The Wild coach saw the rust that built during the All-Star break and tried to scrape it off. Tuesday night, even phosphoric acid wouldn't have eaten away the..." February 02

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