Niklas Backstrom 32 | Goaltender

Minnesota Wild

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Wed. Oct 1, 2014 Subscribe 
News: Backstrom appears to be losing ground in the battle for the No. 1 goalie gig with Darcy Kuemper, Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Impact: Backstrom was the frontrunner for the starting job entering camp, but after Kuemper reported to the Wild upon agreeing to a new contract with the team, the declining veteran looks on track to eventually settle into a reserve role. The 36-year-old has performed respectably in training camp with 29 saves on 32 shots over two appearances, but the memory of last season's 5-11-2 record, 3.02 GAA and .899 save percentage will probably make the Wild somewhat reluctant to use him regularly. Though some of his struggles could be attributed to injury, the youthful Kuemper posted far better numbers as a rookie and probably gives the Wild a better chance at ascending to the Western Conference's elite in 2014-15. Expect Backstrom's long tenure in Minnesota to allow him to cut into Kuemper's workload early in the season, but Kuemper should soon separate himself as the team's clear No. 1 option.(RotoWire, )
Tue. Sep 23, 2014
News: Backstrom stopped all 12 shots in 30 minutes in Monday's preseason loss to Winnipeg. Impact: Backstrom underwent season-ending abdominal and hip surgery in March, but looked back to full strength. He'll battle Darcy Kuemper and possibly Ilya Bryzgalov for the starting role, but has to be considered the favorite at this point.(RotoWire, )
Fri. Sep 19, 2014
News: Backstrom was a full participant in the first practice and scrimmage of Minnesota's training camp, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Impact: Backstrom underwent season-ending abdominal and hip surgery in March, but looks back to full strength. After a poor 2013-14 season, (3.02 GAA and .899 save percentage) Backstrom enters camp as the likely No. 1 goalie with Josh Harding out several months due to a broken foot. However, he'll face competition from Darcy Kuemper and possibly Ilya Bryzgalov for the starting role. The goalie situation with the Wild could be in flux again this season.(RotoWire, )
Niklas Backstrom
2013-14 Season
W-L-O
5-11-2
GAA
3.02
SV%
.899
SO
0
Bio
Ht: 6' 1"  Wt: 194  Age: 36
Born: 2/13/1978, Helsinki, Finland
Shoots: left
Injury Status
No Current Injury