Niklas Backstrom: Has Sports Hernia Surgery: Niklas Backstrom had surgery to repair a sports hernia and is expected to be fully recovered for the start of the 2013-14 season, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. (Updated 5/16/13)
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It's not clear if he'll be playing for the Wild again next season as Niklas Backstrom will be an unrestricted free agent. (Updated 5/16/13).
05/16/2013 13:17 Niklas Backstrom: Has Sports Hernia Surgery
Backstrom had surgery to repair a sports hernia and is expected to be fully recovered for the start of the 2013-14 season, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.It's not clear if he'll be playing for the Wild again next season as Backstrom will be an unrestricted free agent.
05/13/2013 22:47 Lundqvist, Rangers blank Caps again to win Game 7
Led by Henrik Lundqvist's 35 saves in a second consecutive shutout, and goals from some unlikely sources, the New York Rangers beat the Washington Capitals 5-0 in Game 7 Monday night to reach the Eastern Conference semifinals.
05/10/2013 00:19 Blackhawks cruise to series win over Minnesota
Marian Hossa scored twice to back a strong effort by goalie Corey Crawford, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild 5-1 Thursday night to win their first-round playoff series 4-1.
Following three tremendous campaigns to begin his North American career, Niklas Backstrom has regressed while dealing with injuries. Last seasons 2.43 goals-against average and .919 save percentage were the best hed posted in two seasons, but injuries limited his starts to just 45 games and he underwent minor ankle surgery after the season. He turns 35 in February, but he can make a decent secondary goaltending option on most squads. Draft him if hes the best player still left, but be certain to have a solid contingency plan. (Updated 8/14/12)