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Wild players Backstrom, Brunette progressing @NHL
Niklas Backstrom returned from Vail, Colo., on May 10 after surgery on his left hip (April 24). He has been rehabbing at Xcel Energy Center this week and also had a chance to skate for the first time on Wednesday at Parade Ice Garden.

"It went well. It's really easy just for your muscle memory to remind you what you're doing out on the ice. It was pretty easy, but it felt good out there."

Backstrom's regimen consists of riding the bike, and he also began strengthening exercises this week. So far, so good, he says.

"It's still early, just three weeks after surgery, but it starts to feel normal now. Every day is a little better. Just a lot of restriction in things I can't do, but working on everything I can do -- those things feel really good."

Backstrom will continue to rehab for a couple more weeks in Saint Paul before going home to start working out and preparing for next season.

Andrew Brunette is recovering from ACL surgery on his right knee (April 16) and says things are progressing slowly but surely.

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