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Wild Acquires David Jones, Trades Niklas Backstrom To Calgary

by Staff Writer / Minnesota Wild

The Minnesota Wild has acquired forward David Jones from the Calgary Flames in exchange for goaltender Niklas Backstrom and a sixth-round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Jones, 31 (8/10/84), has recorded 15 points (9-6=15) in 59 games with Calgary this season and ranked second on the team with 115 hits. The 6-foot-3, 208-pound native of Guelph, Ont., owns 188 points (102-86=188) in 446 career NHL regular season games with Colorado and the Flames. He set career highs with 27 goals and 45 points with the Avalanche in 2010-11. Jones notched five points (2-3=5) in 11 playoff games with Calgary last season and owns six points (2-4=6) in 21 career playoff matches. He was originally selected by the Avalanche in the ninth round (288th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

Backstrom, 38 (2/13/78), went 194-142-50 with a 2.48 goals-against average (GAA), a .915 save percentage (SV%) and 28 shutouts in 409 career games with Minnesota and is the franchise’s all-time leader in wins, shutouts and games played. He appeared in the 2009 NHL All-Star Game, was a finalist for the 2009 Vezina Trophy and teamed with Manny Fernandez to win the 2006-07 William Jennings Trophy as the Wild allowed a league-low 191 goals. Backstrom was originally signed by Minnesota as a free agent on June 1, 2006.

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