Report: Wild will shut down Niklas Backstrom for remainder of season
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He has been shut down for the season, according to the Star Tribune's Michael Russo.
Nik Backstrom shut down for the season, says Fletcher #mnwild— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) March 4, 2014
Fletcher said Backstrom is very emotional, amazed he practiced today even after being shut down. "That's him. Such character guy." #mnwild— Michael Russo (@Russostrib) March 4, 2014
Backstrom hadn't seen game action since Jan. 30 and hasn't started since Jan. 11. He's struggled with inconsistent play and most recently, dealt with an abdominal issue.
Rookie goalie Darcy Kuemper, who figures to remain the team's No. 1 option, has won five starts in a row.
The Wild signed Backstrom to a three-year, $10.25 million contract this offseason, and he's now been passed on the depth chart by three different goaltenders.