Report: Wild shopping Kyle Brodziak, Niklas Backstrom

Jun 23, 10:42 AM

The Minnesota Wild are reportedly working the phones in an effort to find forward Kyle Brodziak and goaltender Niklas Backstrom new homes, per Michael Russo of The Minneapolis Star-Tribune. 

Brodziak showed plenty of promise in the 2011-12 season, notching career highs in goals (22) and points (44), but has been entrusted with diminishing ice over the past three seasons and fallen out of head coach Mike Yeo's favor. 

Niklas Backstrom was limited to just 21 appearances after requiring season-ending abdominal and hip surgery, but a crowded crease and decreased abilities have rendered the Finn expandable.

His performance was hardly the form he featured when he began his career with four straight All-Star nods. His save percentage dipped under .900 and his goals against rose above three for the first time in eight years of service last season. 

Feature photo courtesy of USA TODAY Sports/Brace Hemmelgarn