Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom, who had planned to play in Belarus during the NHL lockout, will stay in Minnesota for now because of a minor ankle injury, he said via text message. Backstrom had surgery on his ankle after the 2011-12 season but injured his other ankle while getting ready for the 2012-13 season. He had been working out with more than a dozen Wild players in St. Louis Park, but was not on the ice Thursday, Sept. 20. He was going to play for Dynamo Minsk in the Kontinental Hockey League, and was expected to join the team after lining up a visa and an insurance policy. Instead, Backstrom said he's staying in Minnesota "to practice as of now."
Niklas Backstrom to stay in Minnesota for now
St. Paul Pioneer Press | Sep 21