Mar 01, 2012; Montreal, QC, CAN; Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom (32) lays on ice during the first period against Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Center. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-US PRESSWIRE
Following the goal scored by P.K. Subban, after making a standard pad save on an Erik Cole shot, Wild fans were treated to another scary moment in a season filled with injuries and disappointment as Niklas Backstrom remained prone on the ice, unable to put any weight on his left leg.
Michael Russo updated the readership in his post-game blog
Coach Mike Yeo said he knew what the injury is but would only call it a lower-body injury. He didn't know the extent. Yeo did say it's not a hip issue, which Backstrom has had a history of and a couple operations. I'm fairly certain it's not a knee. So maybe groin. That's my best guess the way he went down and the type of pain he seemed to be in.
Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada tweeted:
Wild GM Fletcher said it didn't look like a short-term injury for Backstrom. Very unfortunate.
So, what does this mean for the Wild? Obviously we hope this doesn't carry over to next season or have lasting effects, but does this make resigning Josh Harding this off-season even more important?
Considering that goaltenders tend to mature later in life, are we comfortable having Matt Hackett be the guy should injury befall Backstrom again next year or if he isn't able to return at 100%? Without Harding we're looking at having Matt Hackett and Darcy Kuemper as the tandem in Minnesota unless Dennis Endras, Johan Gustafsson or a free agent signing come into town should Backstrom fall again.
What say you Wilderness?