The signing comes after word leaked that the Wild were kicking the tires on Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, whose future is in question after back-to-back playoff flops. Minnesota GM Chuck Fletcher has a relationship with Fleury, having served as assistant GM in Pittsburgh.
I don't have an exact cap hit yet, but it's less than $4 million annually.
Backstrom, the Wild's goalie of seven years, won 24 games last year before sustaining a sports hernia before the playoffs. He has won 184 games. Backstrom, 35, wanted term -- at least 3 years -- and he got it. The Wild wanted to make certain it came in less than $4 million -- what he probably would have gotten on the open market -- and it got that.
So a win/win for the winningest goalie in franchise history.
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