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Jarick 06-24-2013 12:47 PM

Niklas Backstrom (3 Years, $3.42M/YR)
 
Wild.com

Russo:

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Niklas Backstrom has agreed to a three-year deal. I don't have an exact cap hit yet, but it's less than $4 million annually.

Victorious Secret 06-24-2013 12:48 PM

1 year too long.

Jarick 06-24-2013 12:51 PM

Agreed, but not a lot of options. Better to have Backs for three years than give up too much for a similar goalie via trade.

Sportsfan1 06-24-2013 12:51 PM

3 years.............:shakehead:facepalm::damnpc: :banghead:

Victorious Secret 06-24-2013 12:52 PM

Undoubtedly, but if he gets injured then we have the over 35 multi year deal stuck to the cap.

Jbcraig1883 06-24-2013 12:52 PM

I'm fine with this. Let's Kuemper or Gustafsson be the backup and maybe platoon with Backs next year and then start the third year.

Jarick 06-24-2013 12:53 PM

Would you rather have 3 years of Backstrom at $3.5m per or 5+ years of Mike Smith at $5m+ per? Not a lot of options.

forthewild 06-24-2013 12:54 PM

If it's over 3 mil this is awful that term is gross, at least we should have another compliance buyout next year

Sportsfan1 06-24-2013 12:54 PM

I just hope Kuemper is ready and takes the reigns by year two.

SPMaximus 06-24-2013 12:57 PM

im okay with 3 years, but the money is probably gonna be something ridiculous like 4 to 4.5/year :help:

either way we have 2 cheap young goalies, as they mature we can switch Backs to a backup role

Victorious Secret 06-24-2013 12:57 PM

If its over 3.3m AV it will be a bad deal.

Lapa 06-24-2013 12:58 PM

I'm ok with this if it's a decent cap hit.

Gaps 06-24-2013 12:58 PM

I would've given him 2 years, but keeping him was the best choice we had to take care of the goaltending (for the time being) without giving up any assets. What are the chances we could still get Cullen signed with the cap space we have left or is he as good as gone?

Fel 96 06-24-2013 12:58 PM

Great news.

I'd be fine with something between 3-3.5 per year.

Victorious Secret 06-24-2013 01:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Gaps (Post 67899411)
I would've given him 2 years, but keeping him was the best choice we had to take care of the goaltending (for the time being) without giving up any assets. What are the chances we could still get Cullen signed with the cap space we have left or is he as good as gone?

I'll bet he comes back cheap, but Clutterbuck will be gone.

Jbcraig1883 06-24-2013 01:01 PM

What do we think the cap will increase to next year? I don't think this contract is going to ultimately affect the direction of this team...old in age but he had a late start to the NHL...

Victorious Secret 06-24-2013 01:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Jbcraig1883 (Post 67899589)
What do we think the cap will increase to next year? I don't think this contract is going to ultimately affect the direction of this team...old in age but he had a late start to the NHL...

This coming year? i thought it was already set? Or is that just the summer cap?

Jarick 06-24-2013 01:05 PM

Per Russo, $10.25m ($3.42m per). I was off by $250k :)

NHL1674 06-24-2013 01:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Jarick (Post 67898915)
Agreed, but not a lot of options. Better to have Backs for three years than give up too much for a similar goalie via trade.

Winner, winner, chicken dinner.

One year too long, but not many decent options that would have come cheap. Look at what he would have gotten on the market. Look at what other goalies were out there for cheap. Backs isn't always reliable, but not much else out there any better.

Lapa 06-24-2013 01:08 PM

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Originally Posted by Jarick (Post 67899777)
Per Russo, $10.25m ($3.42m per). I was off by $250k :)

Solid deal.

Fel 96 06-24-2013 01:09 PM

Excellent deal.

Maybe a year too long but we'll see.

Nsjohnson 06-24-2013 01:10 PM

This IS a solid deal. I'm happy. Backes is happy. Yay.

Randy BoBandy 06-24-2013 01:11 PM

I bet the cap hit is around 4 per year. Backstrom had Fletch bent over, because of Fletch's poor planning. Hopefully he took a bit of a discount considering he probably wants to win in his last contract but I still don't see him taking a a huge paycut.

NHL1674 06-24-2013 01:11 PM

Like it or not, he took a discount. And that doesn't happen often when it comes to this team.

GopherState 06-24-2013 01:12 PM

Although I like that Fletcher's "look at every goalie" bluff paid off with Backstrom signing for a lot less as an UFA, I don't like 3 years at 35+.

Still, it helps settle the goalie question for next year. Minnesota needed to do that more than anything. The team can now focus on defensive depth, re-signing Pominville to an extension and what to do with the young forwards.

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Originally Posted by Gaps (Post 67899411)
I would've given him 2 years, but keeping him was the best choice we had to take care of the goaltending (for the time being) without giving up any assets. What are the chances we could still get Cullen signed with the cap space we have left or is he as good as gone?

Cullen isn't in PMB territory yet. He can get signed and not be replaced depending on if he wants to come back for the right price. Not sure if the Wild are in that position yet but Fletcher has been successful so far this summer in getting good money deals with the team's potential free agents.


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