Nicklas Backstrom RUMORS & NEWS

  • Backstrom returns to Capitals' lineup after 3-game absence

    The Score "Nicklas Backstrom's healthy. The pivot will return to the Washington Capitals' lineup Thursday against the Pittsburgh Penguins, head coach Barry Trotz confirmed. Backstrom missed three games with an upper-body injury. Asked if he'd have been able to play with the injury in the playoffs,..." April 07

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    Isabelle Khurshudyan @ikhurshudyan

    Trotz said Backstrom is out. Not rest, but precautionary reasons related to injury.

  • Nicklas Backstrom was convinced he wouldn't be an All-Star so he booked a vacation to the Turks and Caicos

    Washington Post "While his coach and Washington Capitals teammates lobbied for him, Nicklas Backstrom made other plans. He hadn’t been selected to the NHL All-Star Game in his first eight years in the league, and he didn’t think this one would be different. That was just fine with Backstrom, who booked a vacation..." January 29

  • Capitals' Backstrom the 'quietest superstar' in the NHL

    Yahoo! Sports "Nicklas Backstrom is the point-a-game playmaker who toils in the large shadow of Washington Capitals teammate Alex Ovechkin, goal-scoring rock star and a constant headliner on the NHL's marquee. So, it's not surprising the unassuming Backstrom has never really gotten more attention for his..." January 28

  • Capitals reunite Ovechkin, Backstrom at practice "Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin might have a familiar center riding shotgun with him when he gets his next chance at scoring his record-breaking goal. Capitals coach Barry Trotz reunited Washington's captain and leading scorer with Nicklas Backstrom for practice Monday, but offered..." November 17

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    Chuck Gormley @ChuckGormleyCSN

    Nicklas Backstrom confirms he is in the lineup tonight vs Canes. #CapitalsTalk

  • Backstrom trades in no-contact jersey

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom traded in his baby blue non-contact practice jersey on Monday but has not been cleared for full contact as he nears a return from offseason hip surgery. Backstrom is expected to meet with his surgeon “sometime this week” and a plan for his return will occur..." October 12

  • Capitals preparing for Nicklas Backstrom to miss start of season

    Washington Post "The Capitals expect top-line center Nicklas Backstrom to miss the start of the regular season after undergoing offseason arthroscopic hip surgery, Washington Coach Barry Trotz said Thursday. Backstrom practiced with the team on Wednesday, but it was non-contact, and he and Trotz have maintained..." October 01

  • Capitals' Backstrom practices, no return date set "Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom participated in practice Wednesday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex for the first time since undergoing arthroscopic hip surgery on May 27. Coach Barry Trotz said Tuesday that Backstrom wasn't ready to take contact yet. There is no indication as to when..." September 30

  • Backstrom's return remains uncertain

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "While his teammates were putting themselves through Barry Trotz’s grueling fitness skate at Friday’s first day of training camp, center Nicklas Backstrom (offseason hip surgery) and defenseman Brooks Orpik (offseason wrist surgery) skated on their own, waiting to be fully cleared by the team’s..." September 19

  • Trotz: Nicklas Backstrom (hip) not expected for exhibition games

    Washington Post "Still working back from offseason hip surgery, Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom is expected to remain sidelined through the team’s seven-game preseason exhibition slate, Coach Barry Trotz said Saturday. “Backie is still the same,” Trotz said at Germain Arena, where the Capitals are..." September 13

  • Nicklas Backstrom ‘not in a rush’ to return from hip surgery

    Washington Post "Center Nicklas Backstrom was just another early returnee to the practice rink Thursday morning, one more member of the Washington Capitals tuning up during informal workouts with the preseason two weeks away. There was no contact during the drills and four-on-four scrimmage, nor will there be..." September 04

  • Backstrom may not be ready by the start of the season

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "In an interview with Swedish newspaper Gefle Dagblad, Nicklas Backstrom said he may not be ready for the start of the season. The Caps' center underwent arthroscopic hip surgery after the season and, though the Caps hoped he would be back in time for opening night, Backstrom is not so sure." August 27

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    Stephen Whyno @SWhyno

    #Caps centre Nicklas Backstrom has resumed skating recently after undergoing hip surgery after the season GM Brian MacLellan said.

  • Report: Backstrom's rehab could last 5 months

    CSN Washington "Less than three weeks after undergoing hip surgery Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom has returned to Sweden and, according to a report in a Swedish newspaper, may be facing a rehab lasting five months. “I have been in pain since November sometime so we had to correct it,” Backstrom told Gefle..." June 15

  • Caps Nicklas Backstrom undergoes successful surgery

    CSN Washington "Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom underwent successful arthroscopic hip surgery on Wednesday, a team spokesman confirmed. "Based on the nature of this procedure we are confident that Nick will be completely healthy prior to the start of the 2015-16 regular season," a team spokesman confirmed by..." May 28

  • Nicklas Backstrom’s anti-doping drama over vs. IOC

    Yahoo! Sports "Would Nicklas Backstrom’s participation in the Sochi 2014 gold medal game for Sweden have made a difference vs. Canada? Probably not. Canada was a juggernaut, rolling through the tournament like a hot spoon through borscht. But Sweden losing one of its top centers hours before the game was a..." January 15

  • Balanced scoring without Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom ‘a great sign’ for Caps

    Washington Post "For the second time this season, defenseman Karl Alzner scored a goal, a feat unto itself since the calendar had not yet turned before Alzner matched his career high. The tying score came Thursday night, when Alzner gathered a loose puck near the offensive blue line, tiptoed around a flailing..." December 20

  • Nicklas Backstrom Finally Receives His Olympic Silver Medal From Sochi

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "In late February, as Swedish center Nicklas Backstrom prepared for one of the biggest games of his career, he learned he tested positive for a banned substance, Zyrtec D, an allergy medication. Backstrom was barred from playing against Canada in the Sochi Olympics gold-medal game. He watched..." August 28

  • "Precautionary" reasons sideline Backstrom vs. Kings

    CSN Washington "When Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty vaulted Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom into the glass alongside the Capitals players’ bench early in the second period Tuesday night, 18,000 fans saw the Caps’ playoff hopes flash before their eyes. After the game, Capitals coach Adam Oates said..." March 26

  • Report: Possible shoulder injury for Caps’ Backstrom

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Washington Capitals apparently held Nicklas Backstrom out of the remainder of Tuesday’s shootout loss to the Los Angeles Kings for precautionary reasons. Now the question is what, exactly, is ailing the talented Swede. Various sources indicate that the 26-year-old did not suffer a..." March 26

  • Statement regarding Nicklas Backstrom "National Hockey League Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly today released the following statement regarding Nicklas Backstrom: "We understand that Nicklas Backstrom tested positive for a substance banned 'in competition' by the International Olympic Committee. It is our further understanding that the..." February 23

  • Nicklas Backstrom taking part in Caps practice in Montreal

    Washington Post "Capitals top center Nicklas Backstrom is participating in practice at Centre Bell in Montreal Friday, a day after he took a slap shot off his left right arm. Backstrom didn’t take a single shift in the final 7 minutes and 16 seconds of Washington’s 3-1 loss at the Ottawa Senators Thursday after..." April 19

  • Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom fuel Washington Capitals’ resurgence

    Washington Post "Heading into an important game in Carolina on March 14, the Washington Capitals had lost three straight, their two best players combining for just one point in that span. If Washington was going to make a push for the playoffs, it needed to hurry. So Coach Adam Oates reunited franchise pillars..." April 16

  • Backstrom: Caps showed 'terrible effort' in loss

    CSN Washington "Less than a week ago the Capitals looked like a team on the verge of hitting .500 and climbing back into the Southeast Division playoff hunt. On Tuesday night they looked like a team unsure how all the momentum from winning eight of 11 games could slip away with three straight..." March 13

  • Nicklas Backstrom sick, not taking part in Capitals’ practice

    Washington Post "Capitals practice is underway in Arlington but Nicklas Backstrom isn’t among those on the ice for the workout because the center is sick and was told to stay home. Backstrom skated 22 minutes 6 seconds in Washington’s 5-1 win over the Devils Saturday, and he is the only player who appeared in..." February 25

  • Struggling Nicklas Backstrom needs a jump start

    Washington Post "Since he was drafted fourth overall in 2006, the center of the Washington offense — literally — has been Nicklas Backstrom. The Swedish center has notched 101 goals and 266 assists in his first five NHL seasons, including becoming only the fourth Capital to reach the 100-point plateau. At the end..." February 07

  • Nicklas Backstrom regrets drawing suspension

    Washington Times "Nicklas Backstrom is about as mild-mannered as they come for the Washington Capitals. Forward Troy Brouwer praised him for having a "level head" and insisted the star center won't do anything to jeopardize his teammates moving forward in their first-round series against the Boston Bruins. But..." April 19

  • Nicklas Backstrom deserves a spot in Game 4

    Washington Post "If the Pittsburgh Penguins have given any NHL team a playoff blueprint, Sidney Crosby and his wanna-be tough guys have shown that a team can care too much. In their zeal to match machismo instead of goals with Philadelphia, the Pens have shown how losing your head may eventually lose a..." April 17

  • Nicklas strikes Back on Tim Thomas

    Boston Herald "Washington center Nicklas Backstrom took one shot from Tim Thomas and put a bigger one by him in the Capitals' 2-1 victory against the Bruins in double overtime yesterday at the Garden. Backstrom provided the decisive goal at 2:56 of the second extra period to even the Eastern Conference..." April 15

  • Capitals' George McPhee on Nicklas Backstrom: 'We're just happy he's back'

    Washington Post "As the NHL's trade deadline passed on Feb. 27, General Manager George McPhee stood pat. While he explained the reasoning behind keeping the roster he assembled last summer intact, McPhee also gave the group a vote of confidence in stating that the Capitals were not to be underestimated when..." April 10

  • Nicklas Backstrom: 'It was a fun game to play'

    Washington Post "t wasn't pretty, but the Capitals came away with a 3-2 shootout win over Montreal on Saturday night and tightened their grip on a playoff spot with two more points combined with Buffalo's loss to Toronto. You can read more about the overall contest, including the Capitals' displeasure with..." April 01

  • Nicklas Backstrom's return could be imminent, but mental readiness still a question

    Washington Times "Sweat dripped from Nicklas Backstrom's hair just minutes after he stepped off the ice following some tiring battle drills with Washington Capitals teammate Jay Beagle. It was another step in Backstrom's preparation to return to game action after missing almost three months with a..." March 31

  • Nicklas Backstrom cleared to practice fully with Capitals

    Washington Times "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. "I think you saw a few more guys out for the optional skate today because of that reason, because..." March 25

  • And on the seventh day ...

    CSN Washington "And on the seventh day, Nicklas Backstrom rested. After skating six consecutive days without reporting concussion symptoms Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom was given a scheduled day off the ice today at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Sidelined since Jan. 3, Backstrom is gradually increasing the..." March 20

  • Nicklas Backstrom progress overshadowed by Alex Ovechkin injury scare

    Washington Times "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. "As soon..." March 16

  • Injured forward Backstrom takes respite in Sweden "Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom is in Sweden to spend time with his family, a team spokesman confirmed to Monday. The Capitals' No. 1 center has been sidelined with a concussion since taking an elbow to the head from then-Calgary Flames forward Rene Bourque on Jan...." March 05

  • Nicklas Backstrom, Capitals 'being extra cautious' with concussion

    Washington Post "Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom has not skated for 13 straight days since suffering a concussion earlier this month when he was elbowed in the head by then-Flames forward Rene Bourque. (Read more here about Washington attempting to get some payback last night.) General Manager George McPhee..." January 20

  • No timetable for Nicklas Backstrom or Mike Green to return

    Washington Post "Aside from the news about the 2012 NHL All-Star roster, it was a relatively quiet day at KCI on Thursday as the Capitals held an optional on-ice workout. With the team in a strenuous stretch of games nearly every other day leading up to the all-star break Jan. 26-30, only a handful of players..." January 13

  • Nicklas Backstrom tested for concussion but results unclear

    Washington Post "In a pair of tweets this morning, the brother of Nicklas Backstrom said the Capitals' top center was tested for a concussion today after taking an elbow to the head in a 3-1 win over Calgary last night but that the results are inconclusive. "Test done and the dr couldn't tell today but a small..." January 05

  • Backstrom spreads the wealth in Caps' win over Flames

    Washington Times "There's a certain instinct needed to make the perfect pass. Nicklas Backstrom has it. On Tuesday night, the Washington Capitals' star center showed he can turn that instinct on at a moment's notice, making a couple transcendent plays that had immediate impact in the 3-1 victory over the Calgary..." January 04

  • Capitals shake up top line: Marcus Johansson skating with Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom

    Washington Post "After six games of using a top line with the big three of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Alexander Semin, Capitals Coach Dale Hunter reconfigured the top line for Monday's practice. Marcus Johansson skated on the left wing with Backstrom and Ovechkin, who was on the right side. It's a..." December 20

  • Ovechkin, Backstrom and Semin reunited on Capitals' top line in practice

    Washington Post "In an apparent effort to jumpstart Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin, Coach Dale Hunter reunited the struggling wingers on a line with center Nicklas Backstrom. Hunter, however, would not say whether they'll play together when the Capitals face Ottawa at Scotiabank Place on..." December 07

  • Take your best shot, Backstrom

    Washington Times "Nicklas Backstrom grew up in Sweden watching his favorite player, Peter Forsberg, dazzle the NHL with remarkable passing. That was Forsberg's calling card, even as teammates and coaches knew he had a wicked shot. Backstrom insists he doesn't try to play like Forsberg, but the 23-year-old center..." November 08

  • Nicklas Backstrom scores twice late to complete rally and 5-4 overtime win

    Washington Post "With 62 seconds remaining in regulation on Tuesday night, the Washington Capitals pulled their goaltender for one last gasp to try to force overtime against the Anaheim Ducks and prevent a third consecutive defeat. Instead of Alex Ovechkin and the full complement of offensive firepower, though,..." November 02

  • Nicklas Backstrom: 'Time for us to grow up'

    Washington Post "After working with the same personal coach the past four years, Nicklas Backstrom decided to switch up his offseason conditioning routine with the understanding that this year there will be tougher workouts, practices and a more serious tone around the Capitals' dressing room. Back in his..." September 03

  • Leaders or followers? We'll find out

    Washington Times "Since the Washington Capitals ran aground in the second round of the playoffs, their front office has had meetings with Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green, Brooks Laich — the core Caps, in other words. The subject of the sit-downs? Leadership. Jason Arnott, after all, is gone now. So..." July 13

  • Nicklas Backstrom seventh in NHL jersey sales

    Washington Post "Last January, I wondered which Cap had the second-best selling jersey at the team's practice facility shop. The answer was Nicklas Backstrom, which sort of surprised me. Last February, which is the last time I saw numbers, the Caps still only had one player in the top 20 of NHL sales: Alex..." June 22

  • Nicklas Backstrom is ready to break free from frustrating regular season

    Washington Post "Nicklas Backstrom had just wrapped up a lengthy, on-ice workout one March morning in Montreal when he wiped his sweaty blond hair out of his eyes and muttered, "I can't take this anymore." The Washington Capitals' top center would miss a fourth game that night with a broken left thumb. The..." April 09

  • Coyotes shut down Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom

    Arizona Republic "Key in on Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, stalking him like a shadow, and then there would be left winger Alex Ovechkin plotting his next surge up the ice. Such is the beautiful see-saw of an attack the Capitals usually rely on to garner wins. Focus on Backstrom, and Ovechkin will..." February 15