Recommendation: Backstrom underwent minor surgery in April, but should be at full strength with the extended layoff. Still, watch his status in camp. He enters camp as the top goalie should get the bulk of starts. He's also in the final year of his contract, which could make him a candidate to be traded if the Wild flop.
Update: Backstrom says his ankle is back to full strength as training camp begins. He didn't play overseas after he twisted his surgically-repaired ankle last fall. "I was going to go back there and play but I stayed here, and it feels like the right decision," he told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "It's ready to go. It's been good for a couple of months now."
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