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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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UFC Fight Night: Nelson vs. Story fight card

Aug 25 2014 6:00pm CDT | Source: Bloody Elbow

A look at the October 4th UFC Fight Night in Sweden, where welterweights Rick Story and Gunnar Nelson meet in the main event. The UFC's latest visit to Sweden does not involve Alexander Gustafsson, who is injured and was otherwise going to fight in Las Vegas against Jon Jones. Instead, Iceland's Gunnar Nelson and the USA's Rick Story both head into this one making their first ever appearances in a UFC main event. Co-headlining this Stockholm card are for ...
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MMA on Instagram: Burgers, Fishing and Lots of Shogun

Aug 22 2014 9:00am CDT | Source: Bloody Elbow

Welcome to another week in MMA on Instagram! MMA stalker Katie Winter has collected the best pics that UFC and other MMA fighters and personalities were sharing this week, and they're all right here for your viewing pleasure. Happy Friday! Hasn't this week been much nicer than last week? I hope you agree. There are lots of great pics this week and some MMAIG first-timers (Niklas Backstrom, Bec Rawlings) so take a look and enjoy! A nic ...
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Download or stream MMAjunkie Radio #1786 with Gunnar Nelson, Ilir Latifi, Niklas Backstrom

Aug 20 2014 1:25pm CDT | Source: MMAjunkie

Listen to or download today’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Gunnar Nelson, Ilir Latifi and Niklas Backstrom. All three guests fight Oct. 3 at UFC Fight Night 53 in Stockholm. You can listen below, or directly download (right click) the episode.Filed under: MMAjunkie Radio, News, Radio, UFC ...
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MMAjunkie Radio (noon ET): Gunnar Nelson, Ilir Latifi and Niklas Backstrom

Aug 20 2014 10:15am CDT | Source: MMAjunkie

MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at noon ET (9 a.m. PT) with guests Gunnar Nelson, Ilir Latifi and Niklas Backstrom. All three fighters return at UFC Fight Night 53 on Oct. 4, with Nelson taking on Rick Story in the headliner. MMAjunkie Radio airs today from noon to 2 p.m. ET (9 to 11 a.m. PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Listen to and watch a video stream of the two-hour show at www.mmajunkie.com/radio, or watch it live on select television markets as part of Fig ...
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Gunnar Nelson meets Rick Story in UFC Fight Night Stockholm main event

Aug 7 2014 7:00pm CDT | Source: Bloody Elbow

With rumors of Swanson vs. Edgar on deck, or Shogun vs. Manuwa in the works, the Stockholm main event goes to one of Europe's best young fighters. Much like Kelvin Gastelum, Gunnar Nelson's rise up the WW ranks has been fast and unchecked. Now entering into his 5th UFC bout, the Icelander is set to headline his first ever UFC card, where he will take on Rick Story in Stockholm, Sweden. Visir.is had the initial report on Nelson's ...
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4 weeks 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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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 another veteran goalie. The team signed veter ...
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