As previously reported, Minnesota goaltender Niklas Backstrom left Thursday’s game with what seemed like a serious leg injury. Since then, we’ve gotten more bad news as Wild GM Chuck Fletcher has revealed that it’s not a short-term injury.
The full extent of Backstrom’s injury hasn’t been disclosed yet. However, it looks like if the Minnesota Wild want to keep their playoff hopes alive, they’ll have to find a way to win games without their top goaltender or their team captain and best forward, Mikko Koivu (shoulder). They also have to adjust quickly, as the Wild are scheduled to play in four games over the next seven days. The only silver lining in all of this is that backup netminder Josh Harding has been great this season, although he has started in just two games since the beginning of February.
The San Jose Sharks have assigned forwards Nikolay Goldobin and Melker Karlsson and defenseman Mirco Mueller to AHL San Jose.
Goldobin and Mueller are both first-round picks — the former in 2014, the latter in 2013.
Goldobin had one goal and two assists in five preseason games. It’s possible he could be called back up when the NHL suspends Raffi Torres.
Torres remains part of the 23-man roster (see below) but is facing a lengthy ban for his hit on Anaheim’s Jakub Silfverberg. Torres has a hearing today.
Rookie defenseman Dylan DeMelo is also on the roster. The 22-year-old had one goal and two assists in four preseason games.
Curtis Glencross’ hard-luck preseason continued on Monday, as the Avalanche announced they released him from his training camp tryout.
Glencross had previously been cut from Toronto’s camp, which he described as “kind of a shock” move. Following that release, the 32-year-old quickly shifted to Colorado but arrived fairly late in the overall process, and only got a bit of exposure before being let go.
While some thought yesterday’s trade of Freddie Hamilton to Calgary may have opened up a spot for Glencross, the Avs now appear to be going in a different direction.
A two-time 20-goal scorer that netted 13 in 71 games last year, it’s unclear what lies ahead for Glencross.