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Latest Nicklas Bäckström Items
Karl Alzner didn't officially know the deal with Nicklas Backstrom on Saturday morning, but he saw the Washington Capitals star center getting dressed to go on the ice for practice. So did others.
Nicklas Backstrom doesn't love talking to reporters in big groups. He has a reputation for being quiet. But the 24-year-old didn't seem to mind the cameras Thursday.
It was hard to wipe the smile off Nicklas Backstrom's face Thursday. But that shouldn't be all that surprising considering the Washington Capitals star skated three days in a row, a significant step forward in his recovery from a concussion that has sidelined him since early January.
The Washington Capitals' power play has been a popular punching bag for the past couple of months, and deservedly so.
Nicklas Backstrom is the biggest missing piece for the Washington Capitals. Their chances of making the playoffs have eroded as the offense that runs through the center has hit a dam in his absence.
Bad penalties and plenty of time spent killing them are bad enough for any hockey team. The Washington Capitals have dealt with their spells of discipline problems this season, but lately the situation has been worse.
Mike Green took a breath from his answer about the Washington Capitals, post-trade deadline. No moves were made, and the final stretch of the season already is under way.
Nicklas Backstrom hasn't played since Jan. 3. He hasn't skated since Jan. 23. The prospects of the Washington Capitals getting their star center back before the playoffs look bleak.
This is it, your Washington Capitals. No buying, no acquiring a second-line center, no trading a couple of unhappy veterans, no unloading expiring contracts to recoup value.