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NHL: Minnesota Wild's Niklas Backstrom Gets Three-Year Extension
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NHL: Minnesota Wild's Niklas Backstrom Gets Three-Year Extension

Jun 24 2013, 7:47pm CDT | by

Goaltender Niklas Backstrom and the Minnesota Wild agreed to terms on a three-year contract on Monday.

Goaltender Niklas Backstrom and the Minnesota Wild agreed to terms on a three-year contract on Monday.  Fox Sports North's Brian Hall says the agreement virtually locks up the 35-year-old veteran...

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NHL: Minnesota Wild's Niklas Backstrom Gets Three-Year Extension

Jun 24 2013, 7:47pm CDT | by

Goaltender Niklas Backstrom and the Minnesota Wild agreed to terms on a three-year contract on Monday.

Goaltender Niklas Backstrom and the Minnesota Wild agreed to terms on a three-year contract on Monday. 

Fox Sports North's Brian Hall says the agreement virtually locks up the 35-year-old veteran coming off a season in which he tied for the league lead with 24 wins. Backstrom was set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 5 and expressed a desire to return to the NHL team he's played for.

Sports Illustrated says the value of the deal is worth $10.25 million. Minnesota general manager Chuck Fletcher said retaining their goaltender was the offseason's top priority. 

"It just made too much sense not to re-sign him.

"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. He just finds a way to win games year after year. At 35 years of age, I think in today's day and age the way athletes prepare, the way they train, there's no reason why he can't even play beyond this contract.

"Hopefully, this isn't the last contract he signs with us."

Backstrom was grateful and thankful to be back. 

"I don't think it has been a secret to anyone how much I've enjoyed playing for the Minnesota Wild and living in the 'State of Hockey.' So, for sure that was the team I was hoping for the chance to come back, and I'm really grateful and thankful that I can be back. It's a great place for me. It feels like home, so it's nice to be back."

In the end, all Backstrom wanted was to be happy

"It's business to do for me, but like I said, happiness is something that you can't buy with money. It's something in your heart and in your mind. So that's the most important thing for me, to be happy."

Backstrom is the Wild's all-time leader in victories with a 184-124-45 mark over 369 games since 2006. He has a 2.43 career GAA and .917 save percentage to to along with 28 shutouts. 

He underwent successful sports hernia surgery in May.  

 
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5 days ago

Featherweights Niklas Backstrom, Mike Wilkinson Added to UFC Fight Night in Sweden

Jul 25 2014 3:43pm CDT | Source: Sherdog

A featherweight pairing between Niklas Backstrom and Mike Wilkinson has been added to UFC Fight Night Stockholm on Oct. 4 at th ...
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6 days ago

Martin Brodeur's Options in NHL Free Agency Remain Limited; Retirement Coming?

Jul 24 2014 2:13pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

With a week remaining in July, Martin Brodeur remains without an NHL home. If he was holding out hope at a return to New Jersey for the 2014-15 season, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello just about shut the door on that possibility on Tuesday.  From Rich Chere of The Star-Ledger: But don’t expect the Devils to bring goaltender Martin Brodeur to training camp— with or without a contract. Lamoriello said he is not considering an ...
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6 weeks ago

Nicklas Backstrom: Conor McGregor 'dodged a bullet' when they didn't fight

Jun 15 2014 5:00pm CDT | Source: MMA Fighting

Make some room, Conor McGregor. You're no longer the only brash-talking European in the UFC's featherweight division. Niklas Backstrom turned heads in his UFC debut recently, when he finished Tom Niinimaki with a no-hooks bulldog choke at the UFC Fight Night card in Germany. Monday, the 24-year-old Swede checked in with The MMA Hour. And he said McGregor got lucky when a 2011 fight between the two had to be scrapped. "I think he kind of dodged a bullet there, ...
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7 weeks ago

The MMA Hour with Benson Henderson, Ross Pearson, Ken Shamrock, Diego Brandao, Malki Kawa, Shannon Knapp, Niklas Backstrom, Paul Lazenby

Jun 9 2014 7:00am CDT | Source: MMA Fighting

The Mixed Martial Arts Hour is back in your life. Below is a rundown of Monday's show: 1 p.m. -- Former MMA fighter turned stuntaman/MMA commentator Paul Lazenby will preview UFC 174 with a look at some interesting subplots. 1:25 p.m. -- Invicta FC president Shannon Knapp will discuss the promotion's new deal with UFC Fight Pass. 1:45 p.m. -- Diego Brandao will discuss fighting Conor McGreg ...
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8 weeks ago

Niklas Backstrom can pay back girlfriend with UFC Fight Night 41 bonus

Jun 1 2014 10:00am CDT | Source: MMAjunkie

BERLIN – UFC featherweight Niklas Backstrom sounded a barbaric yelp when the promotion announced he had won a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus at UFC Fight Night 41. The reaction wasn’t unlike his celebration post-fight after submitting Tom Niinimaki (21-6-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in the event’s main card opener on FOX Sports 1, though it was a slightly different emotion. Backstrom (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) tearfully said his win was a dream come true for the UFC n ...
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8 weeks ago

UFC Fight Night Berlin Judo Chop: Niklas Backstrom's Too Cool for Hooks Choke

Jun 1 2014 9:52am CDT | Source: Bloody Elbow

Niklas Backtrom showed off some grappling savvy after he hurt Tom Niinimaki with a knee. T.P. Grant breaks down his slick submission finish. At the UFC Fight Night in Berlin, the German fans got treated to a fun grappling match between Niklas Backstrom and Tom Niinimaki. It was back and forth, and then late in the first round Backstrom landed a knee that clearly rocked Niinimaki. Dazed the Finish fighter clung to Backstrom's leg, setting up a rather enter ...
Source: Bloody Elbow   Full article at: Bloody Elbow
 

 

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