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Flames misspell Niklas Backstrom’s name on his locker

The Calgary Flames picked up goaltender Niklas Backstrom in a trade with the Minnesota Wild just ahead of the trade deadline. The move added goaltending depth for Calgary, but it looks like the Flames may have expected a different player to show up based on the misspelling on Backstrom’s locker. Via The Score: It’s a bit tough to see, but they put “Nicklas” instead...
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March 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Which Former Bruins Goalie Is Second In Wild History With 113 Wins?

Niklas Backstrom has been, at times in his career, one of the most underrated goalies in the NHL. Backstrom’s been consistent since his rookie season in 2006-07 when he won 23 of his 41 games, and actually finished in the top 10 in Vezina Trophy voting. The Finnish netminder eventually assumed the starting position and evolved into one of the most important players in franchise...
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November 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Wild's Backstrom on NHL's new 3-on-3 OT format: 'Goalies hate it'

Minnesota Wild veteran goaltender Niklas Backstrom isn't a fan of the NHL's new 3-on-3 overtime format."Fans love it, I don't know if the coaches love it, players probably love it and goalies hate it," Backstrom told the Minneapolis Star Tribune with a smile. The 37-year-old Finn made the comments after he turned aside all 28 shots he faced in a 1-0 preseason victory over the Winnipeg...
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September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild: 5 bold predictions for the 2014-15 season

Thursday night marks the opener of the Minnesota Wild’s 15th and arguably most anticipated season in franchise history. Key additions over the last five or so years have led to hype that can be backed up by legitimate skill players as the team is as deep with talent as it has ever been. There is no doubt that it’s Stanley Cup or bust for the foreseeable future in the State of...
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October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Wilkinson Brutally KO’s Niklas Backstrom At UFC Fight Night 53

Mike Wilkinson stunned the Swedish crowd into silence tonight at UFC Fight Night 53 by brutally knocking out Niklas Backstrom with an overhand right barely a minute into the fight. Round One: Backstrom with a leg kick to start. Wilkinson tries a low spinning kick that misses. He then looks for a takedown, but doesn’t get it. Backstrom with a spinning kick of his own that misses...
Via Fight Of The Night
October 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Wild shopping Niklas Backstrom

The Minnesota Wild are reportedly gauging interest around the NHL in Niklas Backstrom. The Star Tribune states that the Wild may be willing to retain salary cap space in order to move Backstrom, but so far there haven’t been any named or rumored suitors. In May, the Minnesota Wild announced that they’d be parting ways with goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov. That same report hinted that...
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June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Niklas Backstrom Taps Out Tom Niininaki With A Choke At UFC Fight Night 41

Niklas Backstrom upset Tom Niininaki tonight in the opening fight of the main card at UFC Fight Night 41, tapping him out with a choke in the first round. — Round One: Backstrom with a leg kick to start. He doesn’t have time to do much else though a Niinimaki manages to secure an early takedown. ‘Stoneface’ moves into half guard, but Backstrom gets back up. Niinimaki still...
Via Fight Of The Night
May 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Backstrom, Zucker undergo surgery for Wild, out for rest of season

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild will officially be without goaltender Niklas Backstrom and forward Jason Zucker as they try to secure a playoff spot for the second straight season. Minnesota announced that Backstrom and Zucker each had surgery on Tuesday and will be out the rest of the season. Both are expected to recover in time for the 2014-15 season. Backstrom, 36, had core...
Via Fox Sports North
March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild shut down Backstrom, likely for rest of season

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher had a tough talk with veteran goaltender Niklas Backstrom this week, knowing the NHL trade deadline is Wednesday afternoon. Backstrom has dealt with injuries all year and has been fighting through a lingering lower-body injury for a couple of months. Rookie goaltender Darcy Kuemper's play had eased the burden on Backstrom...
Via Fox Sports North
March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Chris Kreider Whiffs Puck, Scores Softest Goal of Year Through Niklas Backstrom’s Legs (GIF)

We have a new nominee for worst goal of the year. Chris Kreider and the Rangers downed the Minnesota Wild 4-1 on Sunday, in part because Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom played like a block of Swiss cheese. The Rangers were up 3-1 in the third period when Backstrom was five-holed by an extremely slow shot by Kreider. Calling it a “shot” almost seems too generous. Kreider completely...
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December 23, 2013  |  Discuss

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