Wild re-sign Backstrom to three-year extension
ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Wild and starting goaltender Niklas Backstrom have agreed to a three-year contract extension.
The 35-year-old Backstrom went 24-15-3 in 2013 with a 2.48 goals against average and two shutouts. The native of Helsinki, Finland was injured during warmups in Game One of the NHL playoffs in Chicago and did not appear in the postseason for Minnesota. Backstrom underwent successful sports hernia surgery last month and is expected to be ready for the start of the 2013-2014 season.
He was set to become a free agent next week. Minnesota general manager Chuck Fletcher called the signing the top priority for his team this offseason.
Several Wild players and dignitaries began a four-day road trip across Minnesota and the Upper Midwest yesterday to help build goodwill for the club. The "Wild Road Tour" has scheduled visits to six locations today, six more stops tomorrow, then a big event in Roseville on Thursday. Here is the remaining schedule of the visits this week (subject to change):
Tuesday, June 25th:
Leg One - Wadena, Alexandria (Charlie Coyle, Jason Zucker, Wes Walz, Kevin Falness)
Leg Two - Two Harbors, Cloquet (Josh Harding, Nate Prosser, Mike Greenlay)
Leg Three - Cedar Rapids (IA), Des Moines (IA) (Clayton Stoner, Darcey Kuemper)
Wednesday, June 26th:
Leg One - St. Cloud, Hutchinson (Charlie Coyle, Jason Zucker, Wes Walz, Kevin Falness)
Leg Two - Brainerd, Elk River (Josh Harding, Nate Prosser, Mike Greenlay)
Leg Three - Albert Lea, Northfield (Clayton Stoner, Darcey Kuemper, Tom Reid)
Thursday, June 27th:
All Legs: Roseville
The Chicago Blackhawks scored twice in a span of 17 seconds with under 90 seconds to play to beat the Bruins 3-2 in Game Six and capture their fifth Stanley Cup in franchise history. Bryan Bickell tied the game before Dave Bolland buried the game-winner with 59 seconds to play for Chicago, which also last lifted the Cup in 2010. Team captain Jonathan Toews, a former standout at Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault scored and had an assist for Chicago in the win. Eden Prairie native Nick Leddy, a former Golden Gopher, is a member of the Blackhawks and spent time hoisting the Cup on the Boston ice last night.