Capitals GM Brian MacLellan provides unfortunate update on Nicklas Backstrom

Published November 6, 2023 at 3:04 PM

Last week, the Washington Capitals released a statement announcing that forward Nicklas Backstrom was stepping away from hockey to deal with an on-going hip issue.

"This is a difficult decision, but one that I feel is right for my health at this time," Backstrom said. "I want to thank my teammates, the organization and fans for their unwavering support throughout this process. I ask for privacy at this time as I determine my next steps and viable options moving forward."

Then on Monday, Capitals reporter Tarik El-Bashir asked General Manager Brian MacLellan if Backstrom will return to the team at some point during the 2023-24 season and it was not the answer that many were hoping for.

"Asked if Nicklas Backstrom might play again this season, #Caps GM Brian MacLellan said it's 'unlikely.'" El-Bashir said in a post on X.

The 35-year-old Backstrom underwent hip resurfacing surgery in June 2022, and it looks like he's still dealing with issues relating to that injury. The Valbo, Sweden is arguably one of the greatest players in Washington Capitals franchise history.

In 1,105 games with the Capitals, Backstrom's recorded 1,033 points (271 goals, 762 assists) and helped them to their only Stanley Cup championship in 2018. Whenever he decides to hang up the skates, there's no doubt he'll receive a call from the Hockey Hall of Fame.

For now, and the rest of the season, the Washington Capitals will need to push forward without Nicklas Backstrom as they look to return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs after failing to qualify last season for the first time since 2014.
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Capitals GM Brian MacLellan provides unfortunate update on Nicklas Backstrom

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