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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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Alexander Gustafsson not happy with critics after UFC's visit to Sweden

Oct 6 2014 12:15pm CDT | Source: MMA Fighting

UFC Fight Night 53 in Stockholm didn't turn out to have any home-cage advantage for the Swedish fighters. And the country's most iconic mixed martial artist, Alexander Gustafsson, is a little disappointed in the comments towards his countrymen in the aftermath. After his Swedish teammates Niklas Bäckström, Ilir Latifi and Tor Troéng each lost their bouts on Saturday, Gustafsson took to Mikz and called fickle f ...
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Alexander Gustafsson releases statement defending his countrymen who lost at the UFC Fight Night: Stockholm event

Oct 6 2014 12:00pm CDT | Source: Bloody Elbow

Former UFC light-heavyweight title challenger Alexander GUstafsson released a statement defending his fellow countrymen after an unfortunate evening at UFC Fight Night: Stockholm. While the UFC's first trip to Stockholm was a successful endeavor for the local fighters involved, the second trip was quite the contrary. Of the six fighters who competed from Sweden on the card, only two managed victories that night, with the other four losing in spectacular fas ...
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Alexander Gustafsson fires back at UFC fans for 'stupid comments' about his Swedish team mates

Oct 6 2014 11:02am CDT | Source: MMAmania.com

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight contender Alexander Gustafsson heard the feedback from mixed martial arts (MMA) fans following the carnage at the UFC Fight Night 53 Fight Pass event last Saturday (Oct. 4, 2014) in Sweden (results here). And he is not impressed. "The Mauler" released a statement on his official app (via MMA Junkie), taking fans to task for some of the "stupid comments ...
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Alexander Gustafsson addresses fans, defends UFC Fight Night 53's losing Swedes

Oct 6 2014 8:15am CDT | Source: MMAjunkie

Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 53 event proved to be a rough night for Swedish fighters, but the country’s most recognizable vet – Alexander Gustafsson – has come to their defense. Gustafsson, a top light heavyweight contender, headlined the UFC’s first Swedish event in 2012. So he followed Saturday’s event, which was the UFC’s third in the country, at Stockholm’s Ericsson Globe as many of his Allstars Training Center teammates fought. Ho ...
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UFC Fight Night 53 bonuses: Dennis Siver and Charles Rosa claim $50,000 with Fight of the Night

Oct 4 2014 5:16pm CDT | Source: MMA Fighting

It wasn't a fight that grabbed a lot of headlines before the event, but it ended up being a talking point after the fact as UFC veteran Dennis Siver, 35, and Charles Rosa, 28, put on a highly-competitive, back-and-forth fight on the preliminary card for UFC Fight Night 53 on Saturday evening in Stockholm, Sweden. The entire event aired on UFC Fight Pass. Siver ended up defeating Rosa, winning a unanimous decision, but that doesn't accurately refle ...
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UFC Fight Night 53 bonuses: Max Holloway knockout earns $50K

Oct 4 2014 4:37pm CDT | Source: MMAmania.com

Mo money, mo problems... UFC Fight Night 53: "Nelson vs. Story" from the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden has officially wrapped, which means it's time for those select fighters who went above and beyond in their respective fights to get a little extra grease for their efforts. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) dished out its standard post-fight monetary bonuses to four of the 22 fig ...
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UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Story - Idiot's Guide and Preview to the Main Card

Oct 2 2014 6:00pm CDT | Source: Bloody Elbow

Akira Corassani, Max Holloway, Ilir Latifi, Jan Balchowicz, Niklas Backstrom, and Mike Wilkinson comprise the main card sans main event for Fight Night in Sweden. How do they stack up? The Line-Up Featherweight Akira Corassani vs. Max Holloway Light Heavyweight Ilir Latifi vs. Jan Błachowicz Featherweight Niklas Bäckström vs. Mike Wilkinson The Stakes Not a whole lot of upside or downside on this main card. T ...
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UFC Fight Night 53, 54 preview: Five burning questions going into Stockholm, Halifax

Sep 29 2014 7:00pm CDT | Source: MMAmania.com

Every successive mixed martial arts (MMA) fight card brings with it a plethora of possible scenarios, outcomes, and questions heading into the event that builds anticipation like no other. We here at MMAmania.com took a gander at both UFC Fight Night 53 and 54, putting together five burning questions heading into this weekend's enthralling doubleheader. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) treats fans to yet another doubleheader weekend this Saturday (Oct. 4, 2 ...
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Video: 'Stories from Stockholm: Swedish Giant' documentary previews UFC Fight Night 53

Sep 29 2014 7:00am CDT | Source: MMAjunkie

brightcove.createExperiences();Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos Is the world finally starting to recognize Sweden, which hosts Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 53 event, as an MMA hotbed? Swedish folks believe so. Ahead of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 53 event, which streams on UFC Fight Pass (12:10 p.m. ET/9:10 a.m. PT) from Ericsson Globe in Stockholm, the UFC has produced “Stories from Stockholm: Swedish Giant,” which looks at the country’s quickly ...
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