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Monday June 24th, 2013

The Wild re-signed goaltender Niklas Backstrom to a three-year deal. (Bruce Kluckhohn/Getty Images) The Wild re-signed goaltender Niklas Backstrom to a three-year deal. (Bruce Kluckhohn/Getty Images)

The Minnesota Wild re-signed goaltender Niklas Backstrom on a three-year contract Monday, the team announced.

Backstrom started 41 games for the Wild during the lockout-shortened season. He went 24-15-3 with a 2.48 goals-against average, a .909 save percentage and posted two shutouts.

"Our first priority was to re-sign Nik," Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher said. "He's been a model of consistency over his career. We found a way to give him some security in terms of a three-year deal and in exchange he was willing to work with us in terms of our cap situation and give us a cap number that is very workable for not just this year, but going forward.

"It's a win-win."

TRUTH & RUMORS: Wild interested in Fleury Backstrom has spent his entire seven-year career in Minnesota, posting a 184-124-45 record, with a 2.43 GAA, a .917 save percentage and 28 shutouts in 369 career games.

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