DENVER - DECEMBER 23: Goalie Niklas Backstrom #32 of the Minnesota Wild takes a drink during a break in the action against the Colorado Avalanche at the Pepsi Center on December 23 2010 in Denver Colorado. Backstrom had 36 saves as the Wild defeated the Avalanche 3-1. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Niklas Backstrom Injury: Wild Goalie No Longer Headed To Belarus During NHL Lockout

Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom planned to play hockey in Belarus until the NHL lockout is resolved, but an injury has forced him to stay in the states for the time being.

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NHL Rumors: Niklas Backstrom Injury Forces Wild Goalie To Stay In States

The NHL lockout looked like it was going to send Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom to play his hockey in Belarus this season, but the most recent reports indicate that likely won't be the case -- at least in the near future, anyway.

Backstrom has reportedly signed with Dynamo Minsk in Belarus, but the Pioneer Press reports that an ankle injury will keep him stateside for the time being.

Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom, who had planned to play in Belarus during the NHL lockout, will stay in Minnesota for now because of a minor ankle injury, he said via text message.

Backstrom apparently injured his ankle -- the one he didn't have surgery on after last season -- while participating in the Wild workouts since the lockout began.

For news on the Minnesota Wild, check out Hockey Wilderness. For news from around the NHL and more on the lockout, check out SB Nation's NHL hub.

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