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Hernia surgery for Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom

Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom had sports hernia surgery Thursday in Philadelphia. He aggravated the injury prior to Game 1 of the first playoff round against Chicago and was unable to play at all during the series.

Veteran netminder expects to recover in time for next season

Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom will become an unrestricted free agent in July, while he's still recovering from hernia surgery. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom has undergone sports hernia surgery.

The team announced that Backstrom's operation went as planned on Thursday morning in Philadelphia. The procedure was done by Dr. William Meyers.

The 35-year-old Backstrom aggravated the injury while warming up before Minnesota's first game of the Western Conference quarterfinal series at Chicago on April 30. Josh Harding was sent in to replace him, and Backstrom was unable to play the rest of the series.

The Wild have said Backstrom is expected to be fully recovered for the start of next season. Whether he's still in the net for them is another matter. Backstrom will become an unrestricted free agent in July. He has played all seven of his NHL seasons with the Wild.