Report: Wild's Backstrom willing to be traded for chance to play

Gary A. Vasquez / USA TODAY Sports

Buried on the Minnesota Wild depth chart, veteran goalie Niklas Backstrom appears willing to be moved in order to get back in the crease.

So says his agent, as reported by Damien Cox of Sportsnet.

(Backstrom's) agent, Jay Grossman, confirmed that Backstrom is healthy and wants to play, and will consider options if the Wild want to move him.

At a reasonable $3.4 million this season in the final year of his contract, Backstrom may be a viable option for some team.

Backstrom, who underwent offseason elbow surgery, was cleared to play during training camp, but has yet to see action this season as the third-string goalie behind Devan Dubnyk and Darcy Kuemper.

The 37-year-old has appeared in only 40 games over the past two seasons, and went 5-7-3 with a save percentage of .887 in 19 appearances in 2014-15.

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