Goaltender Niklas Backstrom has re-signed with the Minnesota Wild, 4 years, $24 million, securing the Wild's No. 1 goaltender thru 2012. The contract does include a limited no-trade clause for at least the first two seasons, then depending on whether he still is the No. 1 goalie in Minnesota, extending automatically thru various performance marks. The new contract makes Backstrom tied for fourth-highest paid goalie in the League.
In contrast, according to Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the most Backstrom ever made in the Finnish Elite League?