Wild re-sign star goalie Backstrom
Goaltender Niklas Backstrom has re-signed with the Minnesota Wild on the eve of the trade deadline.
Backstrom was signed to a four-year deal worth $24 million US.
'Nik is one of the most reliable players and people on our team, and that combination enables winning," club general manager Doug Risebrough said in a statement. "A snapshot of Nik's three NHL seasons shows a staggering run of success, but to see that whole picture unfold daily, we have not been surprised. Instead, we are proud of what he has accomplished, and we are excited for what he will."
Backstrom has a career-best six shutouts so far this season, posting a 2.24 goals-against average and .925 save percentage. Backstrom is tied for second in shutouts and ranks in the top five in wins, average and save percentage.
He was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
The 31-year-old Finn went undrafted, plying his trade in his native country as well as Sweden before making his NHL debut for Minnesota in the 2006-07 season. He has 15 shutouts in 150 career NHL games, with a 2.19 average.
The Wild, tied for 10th in the Western Conference, play Vancouver on Tuesday night.