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Backstrom (concussion) ready to rejoin Wild

Nov 23, 2013, 1:41 PM EDT

Niklas Backstrom AP

Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom is ready to return this afternoon after missing four straight games due to a concussion, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Michael Russo.

This has been a rough campaign for Backstrom, who has also missed time due to a knee injury. Even when he has been healthy, Backstrom has struggled with a 3.30 GAA and .874 save percentage in seven contests.

He entered the season as the Wild’s starter, but Josh Harding has put that into question with his superb play. Harding will still start against Winnipeg while Backstrom will warm the bench.

Backstrom needed to be activated off of the injured reserve list so that he could join the Wild for Saturday’s match. Minnesota has also sent 23-year-old goalie Darcy Kuemper to AHL Iowa.

  1. vstar1us - Nov 23, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    The Wild made a biggggggg mistake by signing Him to a long term contract. They could have focused on developing a newer goalie

    • allday420ap - Nov 23, 2013 at 2:54 PM

      I wouldnt say biggggg mistake, although I agree hes past his prime. That doesn’t stop young goalies from developing in the ahl, and it allows the stud Harding to rest when he needs it.

  2. endusersolutions2013 - Nov 23, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    He played well today. In an ironic reversal of game 1 of the playoffs, harding was injured during he warmup.

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