Wild Trade Backstrom to Flames
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have traded goalie Niklas Backstrom and a sixth-round draft pick to the Calgary Flames for right wing David Jones.
The deal was done Monday at the NHL trade deadline.
The 31-year-old Jones had nine goals and six assists in 59 games for the Flames this season, ranking second on the team with 115 hits. He has 102 goals and 86 assists in 446 NHL games.
The 38-year-old Backstrom has not played at all this season, stuck behind Devan Dubnyk and Darcy Kuemper. He hasn't been in the Wild net since Jan. 13, 2015, the day before they acquired Dubnyk.
The Wild were unable to deal him or buy out his contract last summer because of lingering midsection injuries that dampened his past four seasons.