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Wild goalie Backstrom likely out for season

Tuesday, 03.04.2014 / 5:07 PM NHL.com

Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said Tuesday goaltender Niklas Backstrom will be shut down for the foreseeable future, most likely the rest of the season.

Backstrom has lower-body injuries and hasn't played since a relief appearance Jan. 30. His last start came Jan. 11.

The Wild on Tuesday acquired goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov from the Edmonton Oilers in a trade for a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Bryzgalov figures to team with rookie Darcy Kuemper, who has won his past five starts and is 11-3-2, stabilizing the position in the absence of Backstrom and Josh Harding, who hasn't played since Dec. 31.

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