Today, the Minnesota Wild announced that they have re-signed Niklas Backstrom to a three year deal. Backstrom, 35, was set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 5th, but chose to re-sign with the only NHL team he has ever played for.
Michael Russo of the Star Tribune tweeted that Backstrom will be receiving $10.25 million over those three years, which comes out to a $3.42 million cap hit each season. If that is indeed correct, the Wild will just have slightly less than $2.5M in cap space for the remainder of the summer.
Backstrom is coming off a season in which he played in 42 games (in a 48 game season), winning 24 games (best in the NHL) while posting a 2.48 Goals Against Average and .909 save percentage. He suffered a hernia injury just minutes prior to the start of Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against Chicago, and did not play again. It was the second consecutive year that Backstrom has suffered a significant injury.
The Wild were believed to have been on Jonathan Bernier, before he was traded to the Maple Leafs yesterday. They also were kicking the tires on Marc-Andre Fleury, but those talks seemingly went nowhere. Its unclear if the Wild were ever serious about either goalie, or if they were just using those rumors to get Backstrom's price lowered.
Backstrom will be teaming up with Josh Harding once again, in the nets for the Wild. It is a tandem that has gone on for five years now.
What are your thoughts on the deal, Hockey Wilderness?