Originally posted on State of Hockey News  |  Last updated 6/25/13

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 16: Goaltender Niklas Backstrom #32 of the Minnesota Wild in action during the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on January 16, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Wild 6-4. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
The strength of any structure lies in its foundation.  For most NHL franchises that foundation starts between the pipes.  The Minnesota Wild sent a clear message on Monday that it does not wish to start any major restructuring of that foundation when it signed 35-year old goaltender, Niklas Backstrom to a 3-year, $10.25 million contract extension.  Backstrom has spent his entire 7-year career with the Wild since the team signed the Finnish-born netminder as a free agent.  All he has done is become the franchise's all time leader in wins (184), and is one of the best goaltenders in the NHL over that span ranking 10th in wins, 8th in shutouts (28) and 11th in goals against average (2.43GAA).  So he deserved an extension right?  Perhaps.  One thing is for certain he did take the ever popular 'hometown' discount to stay with the Wild as the soon to be unrestricted free agent could've perhaps made more money elsewhere to stay with Minnesota.  The Wild stalwart just recently started skati...
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