Backstrom signing gives Wild some salary-cap wiggle room

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 25, 2013 - 6:25 AM

The goalie got a three-year deal worth $3.42 million per year, a salary cap number that should provide flexibility.

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nshockeyJun. 24, 13 8:54 PM

All in all this seems like a pretty good deal. Glad to see Heatley stick around. Gilbert's record shows he's due for a better season this year and I was looking forward to him sticking around to show it but maybe that won't be? I think it makes sense to trade Cal and move Konopka and Falk.

sidhartmannJun. 24, 13 9:37 PM

Bad signing when we need the cap money. I've liked Backstrom but he really declined last year...seemed much slower. Cal is one of the few guys that will throw his body around...we need to keep him.

firefly70Jun. 24, 1310:36 PM

While I appreciate the physicality that Clutterbuck brings to the Wild, I've thought for quite a while he could bring more to the game. He has the ability to be more of an offensive contributor; if he's not going to be able to develop that here, then maybe it is time to move him to another team.

elcerritoJun. 24, 1310:54 PM

Say, any of you supposed hockey fans watch the last game of the playoffs tonight? Yes, I know. The Wild are much more important. But, may I just about those Blackhawks, eh?

firefly70Jun. 24, 1311:28 PM

"Say, any of you supposed hockey fans watch the last game of the playoffs tonight?":____ Naah. Why would any true fan of hockey want to watch a quality hockey game? That's just ridiculous. But, yes, we get it. Someone is feeling the need to gloat (Obviously 'someone' is a Blackhawks fan). Enjoy the win. The 'Hawks deserved the Cup.

chuck14sJun. 25, 13 2:46 AM

Money can't buy happiness. However the $35M he's made off the Wild will go a long way in terms of looking for it. Glad he made most of it before Gov. Dayton's tax scheme is enacted.

sgjsdadJun. 25, 13 6:23 AM

chuck14s .... there is an entire section of this website devoted to politics. Please go to it and keep the (your) politics out of the sports section.

evisualeJun. 25, 13 6:54 AM

Gilbert is no where near a 4 million a year D-man. He is worth about 2.5 million a year tops, get rid of him, we got Suter already, which is why Fletcher got Gilbert in the first place, to help lure Suter here (old Badger buddies). Gilbert has been horrible since he's been here. I hate to say that about a MN born player but at $4.5 million a year he is killing us.

minneg56Jun. 25, 13 7:12 AM

Backstop signing makes total sense for Wild. I hope they actually have a 3 year plan for him! What needs to be done- 1. He needs to get totally healthy and rested for next season- he was ABUSED with over use by Wild past season! 2. Wild needs a capable back up next year who can take about 20-25% of the season work load ... I hope that's a recovering and healthy Josh Harding! 3. By the end of next season, they need to identify their net minder of the future beyond Backstrom - and start playing him about 30-40% of the games by the end of year 2 of Backstrom's contract. 4. At the end of year 3 of the contract, Backstrom gets a super fantastic retirement party and send off!

goalieguruJun. 25, 13 7:56 AM

The cap situation is a tough one for every team. If the Wild could take whomever they want, Mike Smith would be wearing a Wild jersey next season. The Wild can't afford a guy like that, and the team that does get him will either give up a lot to fill a big void in their goaltending to take that next step or it will be with a bad team that needs stability and is just building for the future. Backstrom will be fine as long as he only has to carry 60% of the season load. Durability is the issue with him now not talent or ability. I'm with most on dealing Clutterbuck. I love his energy and would like to see him stay but the hockey skills just aren't at a level where he'd be worth what they'll have to pay him. Either way, the Wild aren't going to be big splashers in the FA market this year - no money. They are going to rely on the young guys (Zucker and Coyle specfically) to step up and contribute big. We already know Brodin is legit, so hopefully, that strategy works out. The spotlight is going to be on this coaching staff more than anything. If the Wild come sputtering out to start the season, I am absolutely conviced Yeo will be shown the door - quickly. The season is over, good for Chicago (welcome to MN for the first game as champs - let the rivalry begin!) but now it's time to start thinking about 2013-14!!!! But first, the Vikings are in the center of the radar screen.


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