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Wild’s Backstrom will have surgery for sports hernia

May 10, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

Now that the Minnesota Wild have officially been eliminated from the playoffs, Niklas Backstrom has opened up about the injury that prevented him from logging a single minute in the first round.

He has a sports hernia and will have surgery, according to the Star Tribune’s Michael Russo.

Backstrom was initially projected to play in the Wild’s postseason opener, but he hurt himself during the pregame warm-ups.

You can see what happened below:

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Josh Harding ended up starting in all five of the Wild’s game and held his own early in the series. Harding, who has multiple sclerosis, was limited to just 185 minutes of ice time in the regular season.

Backstrom turned 35 in February and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. Could this be how his tenure with the Wild ends?

  1. govtminion - May 10, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Harding was awesome in this series… tonight didn’t go too well, but stepping in cold for Game 1 when he figured to be on the bench for the playoffs, he really was impressive- he just was facing a ridiculously talented team.

    • ignath - May 10, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      Agreed govtminion, Harding is an excellent goalie and an all-around class act. I, as a Wild fan, hope that he can get his health issues under control and be a solid fixture in net for the next few years. His perseverance and success through adversity should be an inspiration to all.

      Also, I’m not entirely sure if his play got him pulled last night, but more think it was just the Wild trying to get Kuemper some post-season experience against one of the best shooting teams in the league…perhaps a sign that Backstrom won’t be back in net for the Wild next year?

  2. comeonnowguys - May 10, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    I really don’t see the benefit of withholding this. Would it really have changed Chicago’s gameplan? All it did was leave Backstrom open to over a week of character scrutiny. Not cool.

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