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By: Aj Mansour | KFAN.com
Minneapolis, MN - Thursday morning Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher announced that goaltender Niklas Backstrom underwent successful sports hernia surgery today by Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia, Pa. Backstrom is expected to be fully recovered for the start of the 2013-14 season.
Bakstrom, who played 42 games for the Wild this season, was pulled just minutes before puck dropped for game 1 of Minnesota's Stanley Cup Playoffs series against Chicago. Backstrom's injury was listed only as lower body as he remained partially available for the Wild through the first round, but upon Minnesota's dismissal from the post season it was diagnosed and announced as a sports hernia.
The 2012-2013 season was the final year of Niklas Backstrom's 4-year contract with the Minnesota Wild. Backstrom will have to take a pay cut to stay with the Wild, but with options behind him remaining thin, odds are he lands back in Minnesota for the 2013-2014 season.