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Wild keep goalie Backstrom

Updated: March 4, 2009, 12:06 AM ET
Associated Press

The Minnesota Wild take pride in their impressive defense, and they acted accordingly Tuesday.

On the day before the NHL's trade deadline, the Wild gave All-Star goalie Niklas Backstrom a four-year contract extension worth $24 million.

Backstrom would have been a free agent at the end of this season, but he'll make $6 million annually to stay.

"It's sort of like a second dream come true, after getting a shot to play in the NHL," Backstrom said after Minnesota's Tuesday morning ...

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