NHL notebook: Goalie Backstrom re-signs with Wild
• The Wild re-signed goaltender Niklas Backstrom to a three-year contract, keeping the veteran from becoming an unrestricted free agent. Backstrom, 35, went 24-15-3 with a 2.48 goals-against average, a .909 save percentage and two shutouts in 42 games last season for the Wild.
• Coach Claude Noel signed a one-year contract extension with the Jets after a season in which his team failed to make the playoffs. The Jets had a 24-21-3 record and finished ninth in the Eastern Conference, four points behind the Islanders for the final playoff spot. Noel is entering his third season with the team.
• Sharks forward Marty Havlat had surgery to help repair the injured groin that sidelined him during the playoffs and will not be an option to be bought out of the final two years of his contract this summer. He will be out indefinitely. With Havlat injured, the Sharks will not be able to use one of the two compliance buyouts in the new collective bargaining agreement to get out of the final two years of his $30 million, six-year contract.
• Dave Tippett took a risk signing with the Coyotes, a franchise with a murky future after being cast into bankruptcy protection. Four years later, he has taken another leap into uncertainty, agreeing on a long-term contract to continue coaching the Coyotes despite an ownership situation that still hasn't been resolved.
• The Canucks are expected to introduce John Tortorella as their new coach Tuesday. Tortorella, the recently fired coach of the Rangers, arrived in Vancouver on Friday amid reports he was the choice to replace the fired Alain Vigneault. If all goes as expected, Tortorella and Vigneault will end up trading teams. Vigneault was hired last week as Tortorella's replacement with the Rangers.
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