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Report: Backstrom suffered concussion on Kadri hit

Nov 15, 2013, 2:13 PM EDT

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It appears the injury suffered by Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom on Wednesday was a concussion.

That’s the word out of Minnesota on Friday as the Star-Tribune’s Mike Russo reports Backstrom is listed as day-t0-day with “what I am told is indeed a concussion,” confirming earlier speculation.

Backstrom, 35, has already missed four games this season with a knee injury and will miss at least one — he’s been ruled out of tonight’s game vs. Florida — with this latest setback.

This is just the latest development in what’s been a tough campaign for the Finnish netminder, as he’s essentially lost his starting gig to Josh Harding and doesn’t seem likely to win it back anytime soon.

Backstrom suffered the concussion on Wednesday in a collision with Toronto forward Nazem Kadri during a 2-1 shootout win. Kadri, who told reporters the hit was accidental, has been suspended three games by NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan for goalie interference.

Related: Wild recall goalie Gustafsson from AHL Iowa

  1. amityvillefun - Nov 15, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Another hockey concussion?

  2. endusersolutions2013 - Nov 15, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Accidental? Nonsense. Harding was announced as being sick, and Kadri, with his team struggling after the loss of two centers saw an opportunity. Hit Backstrom doing the arm to head thing. Then later in the game got a MATCH penalty for hitting shoulder to head going at speed into the Wild’s 2nd line center who’s having an effective year on a line with Pomminville, driving Granlund’s head into the boards. Granlund was clearly hurt/stunned. And the NHL said/did nothing about that. All th articles I’ve read after just mentioned the hit on Backstrum.

    Should have been sitting way more than 3 games.

  3. metalization1 - Nov 15, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    And he only got 3 games for his blatant hit. If the league cared about player safety they would give out meaningful suspensions rather than a slap on the wrist.

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