The Wild have made a great move for their team, signing Niklas Backstrom to a 3 year deal worth $10.25 million. In just 41 games this season, Backstrom posted a 24-15-3 record, along with a 2.48 GAA and .909 save percentage.
When asked about Niklas Backstrom in a 1500ESPN.com interview, Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said,
We’re familiar with Nik. He’s familiar with us. He’s earned the trust of his teammates through his professionalism and his work ethic. Nobody’s more prepared as a goaltender than Nik. I’ve never seen a goalie practice that hard, and you’ve got to give him a lot of credit. He’s been a model of consistency.
Backstrom was tied for first this season in wins and help set a franchise-record eight game winning streak. We were forced to see a Niklas-less team in the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the newly crowned champion Blackhawks. He suffered a sports hernia before the series started and was unable to play in any of the games, which ultimately led to the Wild’s demise.
Backstrom has played his whole career in Minnesota, and has some pretty good numbers during his seven year stint. He’s a got a 184-124-15 overall record, with a 2.43 GAA and .917 save percentage. He also has posted 28 shutout games out of 369.