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Washington Capitals forward could miss entire season due to injury


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S. Harper
August 14, 2022  (7:59)
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The Washington Capitals are in a tough spot heading into next season. The aging team could possibly be without one of their top stars for the entire season.

That player is center, Nicklas Backstrom. The 34-year-old missed 28 games last season with a hip injury, and underwent surgery back in June to repair that issue.
However Capitals Insider, Tarik EL-Bashir revealed:
It feels like the Capitals are planning on being without Nicklas Backstrom the entire regular season.


Capital General Manager Brain MacLellan had this to say:
It's a hard surgery. Until we see halfway into his recovery what mobility, strength he's gotten back from it. It's tough to project for anybody how he reacts and how he comes out of the surgery. We're going to wait and see where he's at, how he's feeling, how he's progressing.

The Capitals were hoping to have a chance at signing Penguin's center Evgeni Malkin to replace Backstrom. But Malkin would ultimately re-sign with the Penguins last minute, never hitting free agency.
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Washington Capitals forward could miss entire season due to injury

If Backstrom doesn't play, can Washington make the playoffs?

Yes, they're still a good enough team3125.8 %
They'll be a wild card team6352.5 %
No, they'll miss the playoffs2621.7 %
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