The Minnesota Wild have one less player to worry about.
Goaltender Niklas Backstrom inked a three-year contract extension with the club Monday worth a reported $10.25 million.
The 35-year-old Finnish netminder was looking to stay in Minnesota for a few more years, while the Wild wanted to keep the cost of retaining him manageable, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
During the lockout-shortened season, Backstrom appeared in 42 games, going 24-15-3 with a 2.48 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage.
He missed the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs after suffering an injury prior to the start of the Wild's first-round series against the Chicago Blackhawks, undergoing sports hernia surgery on May 16.
During his seven-year NHL career -- all with the Wild -- Backstrom is the franchise leader in wins with 184.
JETS GIVE NOEL EXTENSION
Claude Noel has a little more security as head coach of the Winnipeg Jets.
The Jets have signed Noel to a one-year contract extension taking him through the 2014-15 NHL season.
General manager Kevin Cheveldayoff announced the extension Monday, ending speculation Noel might be on thin ice after two years of missing the playoffs.
Noel's original contract was due to expire after next season.
Cheveldayoff cited the development of young players like Evander Kane and Zach Bogosian as factors in putting more faith in Noel.
In two seasons with Winnipeg, Noel is 61-56-13.
BOBROVSKY TALKS WITH KHL PREZ
Sergei Bobrovsky, still without a contract from the Columbus Blue Jackets, may entertain an offer from SKA St. Petersburg to play in the KHL next season.
The Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender and restricted free agent spoke with KHL president Alexander Medvedev Sunday about a potential move to the Russian league.
"I've met Sergei and his agent," Medvedev told R-sport.com. "We held negotiations, an offer was made. Now the player has to make his decision. The choice is his."
Medvedev, also a director at SKA, could entice Bobrovsky by offering him the starting goaltending job at the Winter Olympics in Sochi next February.
Bobrovsky, offered $10 million a year to play in the KHL, suited up for SKA during the NHL lockout.
"We think that this is an excellent offer for Sergei to continue his career, a return to his home league, to a strong team," Medvedev said. "I absolutely do not agree with those who think it would be a step backwards."
PENS, DUCKS IN MINOR DEAL
Harry Zolnierczyk is returning to Pennsylvania.
The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired the forward from the Anaheim Ducks Monday in exchange for minor-league defenceman Alex Grant.
Zolnierczyk split last season between Anaheim and Philadelphia, playing seven games for the Flyers and registering one assist.
The Toronto native has appeared in 44 career NHL games with Philadelphia, scoring three goals and adding four assists to go along with 71 penalty minutes.