Thread: On the Radio: 610WIP: Backlund to Start Saturday
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03-26-2010, 04:20 PM
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With the back-to-back games, it could provide an opportunity for Backlund to make his NHL debut. He was asked after practice today if he is ready, should he get the call.

"For me, it would be a great chance to play my first game and try to help the team," said Backlund, who is 21-17-2 with the Adirondack Phantoms this season. "We have to win games here to [stay] in the playoffs.

"I don't know their thoughts. I hope they trust me."
Paul Holmgren said today that it is completely up to Peter Laviolette to decide who will start in the net this weekend. Still, Holmgren is obviously the guy who signed Backlund and was asked how he would react should Backlund go against the Penguins.

"I'd be anxious to see him play in the NHL. He's done everything we've asked in the American League and he's won games singlehandedly down there," said the general manager. "It's not like he hasn't played in elite leagues before. He's played in the Swedish Elite League for a number of years.

"I'd actually relish the opportunity to watch him."

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