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Backstrom to have surgery on ankle

Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom will have surgery within the next two weeks to fix an ankle injury that bothered him over the final weeks of the season.
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Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom will have surgery within the next two weeks to fix an ankle injury that bothered him over the final weeks of the season.

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