Nicklas Backstrom: “Obviously it’s Not Working”

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After another crushing early exit from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Capitals players and coaches gathered at Kettler Capitals Iceplex to clean out their lockers and meet with the media for their annual exit interviews. Star center Nicklas Backstrom has always been bluntly honest with the media and today was no different.

A clearly brokenhearted Backstrom stood in front of the media members crowded around him trying to answer their questions on the team’s second round loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. One of, if not the most talked about topics was the team’s inability to advance beyond the second round and the inevitable changes coming to the roster in the next few months. When asked by the Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan, “Do you feel a lot needs to change?”, Backstrom answered it like he answers every question: with blunt honesty. “Obviously it’s not working”, he said. And in many regards, he’s right. The Capitals have had the same core the last two seasons and have failed to get the job done.

Backstrom was also asked about his possible participation in the upcoming World Championships and confirmed that he will be representing Sweden in the tournament. “That’s my plan, yeah”. When asked about whether the team’s loss would affect his decision to play for Team Sweden, Backstrom replied, “I’m going to end this season on a positive note and I want to play for my country”.

Backstrom also talked about the fans and how the team appreciated their support throughout the year, calling them “the best fans in the league”. While the loss to Pittsburgh is truly a tough one to swallow, the Caps’ fans have always been back, year-after-year, to support their favorite team.

Check out NoVa Caps’ other Exit Interview Features:
Evgeny Kuznetsov: “We lost that game”
Oshie: “I love it here”

By Michael Fleetwood

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of Caps fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. Born the year the Capitals went to their first and only Stanley Cup Final, Michael is a diehard Caps fan and is the owner of the very first Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe B himself. His favorite player became Nate Schmidt after meeting Schmidt in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. Michael is also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles
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3 Responses to Nicklas Backstrom: “Obviously it’s Not Working”

  1. Ron Bove says:

    Nick is absolutely right. It is not working.. If you read between the lines I believe he sees the need for some changes. They have had these players for 2 yrs with great expectations only to have the bubble burst once again. Mr. Leonsis is going to have to open up his pocketbook and possibly get rid of some high dollar players who were playing mediocre.

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  2. Anonymous says:

    My favorite player. Probably our MVP of the playoffs. He should be the captain of this team. He should be the player we build around the next five years.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Pingback: Nostalgic Nick: Nicklas Backstrom and William Nylander Share More than Just Ice Time As Members of Team Sweden | NoVa Caps

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