Nicklas Backstrom is riding a stationary bike, but he isn’t skating. More than a month after suffering a concussion that has caused him to miss 16 straight games, the Washington Capitals star center reported progress but nothing to suggest he could be back anytime soon.
“I’m not a hundred percent to skate right now, so we’ll see when it’s going to be time for me to take the ice,” Backstrom said in his first English interview since Jan. 6. “Right now I’m taking it day by day and see how I feel.”
Backstrom is trying to be around the Caps every day now, attending games and practices and getting checked out every day by trainer Greg Smith. But the 24-year-old still has no idea when he’ll be back in games.
“No, I don’t. If you want that answer, you’ve got to ask Smitty, I think,” Backstrom said. “But other than that, we take it day by day and see how it goes.”
Backstrom has skated a total of five minutes since suffering a setback during the Caps’ California road trip in early January.