SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has agreed to terms with goaltender Niklas Backstrom on a three-year contract.
Backstrom, 35 (2/13/78), went 24-15-3 with a 2.48 goals-against average (GAA), a .909 save percentage (SV%) and two shutouts in 42 games (41 starts) with Minnesota during the 2012-13 season. He ranked tied for first in the NHL in wins, tied for fifth in games played and seventh in minutes played. The 6-foot-2, 194-pound native of Helsinki, Finland, established a franchise-record with an eight-game winning streak from March 14-30 and was named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week on March 4 and Second Star of the Week on March 25. Backstrom did not appear in a playoff game due to injury and underwent successful sports hernia surgery on May 16.
He is 184-124-45 with a 2.43 GAA, a .917 SV% and 28 shutouts in 369 career games during his seven-year career with Minnesota. Backstrom is the franchise leader in wins, shutouts, shutout streak (157:44), games played, starts (358) and minutes played (21,149). Since entering the league in 2006-07, he ranks tied for eighth in shutouts and SV%, ninth in games played, 10th in wins and 11th in GAA. Backstrom was originally signed by the Wild as a free agent on June 1, 2006.