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.