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Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom, a free agent to be, has sports hernia surgery

Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom, left, deflects a shot off the stick of Colorado Avalanche left winger Gabriel Landeskog in the third period of an NHL hockey game in Denver on April 27, 2013. Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom has undergone sports hernia surgery. The team announced that Backstrom's operation went as planned on Thursday morning in Philadelphia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP - David Zalubowski

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Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom, left, deflects a shot off the stick of Colorado Avalanche left winger Gabriel Landeskog in the third period of an NHL hockey game in Denver on April 27, 2013. Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom has undergone sports hernia surgery. The team announced that Backstrom's operation went as planned on Thursday morning in Philadelphia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP - David Zalubowski

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom has undergone sports hernia surgery.

The team announced that Backstrom's operation went as planned on Thursday morning in Philadelphia. The procedure was done by Dr. William Meyers.

The 35-year-old Backstrom aggravated the injury while warming up before Minnesota's first game of the Western Conference quarterfinal series at Chicago on April 30. Josh Harding was sent in to replace him, and Backstrom was unable to play the rest of the series.

The Wild have said Backstrom is expected to be fully recovered for the start of next season. Whether he's still in the net for them is another matter. Backstrom will become an unrestricted free agent in July. He has played all seven of his NHL seasons with the Wild.

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