Wild 2014-15 season report card
MAY 12, 3:30p ET | Brian Hall
Rotowire: May 11 / 2:57p ET
News: Backstrom could have his contract bought out by the Wild this summer, Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Impact: Backstrom is a long-time Wild icon as the franchise record holder in wins (194) and games (409), but he's outlived his usefulness for the organization at this point. The 37-year-old's $3.4 million cap hit forced the Wild to carry three goalies for much of the season, with Backstrom not seeing any appearances after Jan. 13 due to the outstanding play of Devan Dubnyk. The Wild plan to re-sign Dubnyk in the offseason and have another developmental option in Darcy Kuemper under contract for 2015-16, offering little incentive for the team to keep Backstrom around and eat up a roster spot. The team will probably first attempt to explore trading Backstrom, but given his age, large cap number, and sub-.900 save percentage over the last two seasons, it's more likely the Wild will be forced to unceremoniously release him.
Rotowire: Mar 20 / 9:28a ET
News: Backstrom hasn't appeared in a game for the Wild since Jan. 13.
Impact: With the Wild hardly secure in their position at the bottom half of the Western Conference playoff picture, coach Mike Yeo has ridden No. 1 netminder Devan Dubnyk with a heavy hand. Dubnyk has made 29 consecutive starts in net and has been dominant in most of those outings, creating little opportunity for Darcy Kuemper or Backstrom to see duty. Even if Yeo does decide to rest Dubnyk one of these days, the starting nod would more than likely go to the younger Kuemper, who fared better than Backstrom prior to Dubnyk's acquisition in January. It wouldn't be surprising if Backstrom didn't see a single appearance -- even in relief -- over the remainder of the season.
Rotowire: Mar 10 / 7:25a ET
News: Backstrom is feeling ill and will not practice Tuesday, Mike Vogel of washingtoncaps.com reports.
Impact: Backstrom will likely just be day-to-day ahead of Wednesday's matchup with the Rangers. He stuck around team facilities to receive treatment from the training staff, indicating that the illness isn't all that serious.