Nicklas Backstrom has not spoken publicly about his concussion to North American media, but this week he painted a grim portrait of his condition and immediate future in an interview with the Swedish news agency Gefle Dagblad.
“I don’t know when I will be able to play again, but I hope I will be ready for the playoffs,” he said, as translated by Malin of the Hockeyramblings blog.
Backstrom, who will miss his 16th straight Washington Capitals game on Thursday night, suffered the concussion Jan. 3 on a cheap-shot elbow from Rene Bourque. The 24-year-old has a history of migraines and thought that was it. But since, he has realized that not being 100 percent meant he couldn’t play.
“It’s tough, for sure. I don’t do much, basically I have spent much of my time on the couch,” Backstrom said. “Napping and resting. Sometimes I’ve been at the practice rink, but I try to stay away from it as much as possible. It’s so frustrating for me to be there right now.”
Backstrom expressed some frustration about not being able to skate more than “three minutes” on Jan. 23. But according to Gefle Dagblad, he’s expected to go on the team’s father-son trip to New York this weekend.
Stick tap to Malin and Japers Rink for the translation. Read it all here.