He has four years left on his contract with the Washington Capitals and then he plans to finish his hockey career with Brynäs IF in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). “But the body must also hold,” said the Capitals centerman to Gefle Dagblad.
Despite being 33 years old, Nicklas Backstrom was the Swede’s best scorer in the NHL this season. He recorded 53 points in 55 games and managed to reach several milestones, including 1,000 NHL games and 700 assists.
He also climbed the list among the best Swedes of all time in the NHL. He has scored 980 points in 1,011 games during his 15 years in Washington, which is the sixth most among Swedish players. Next season, he will likely reach 1,000 points.
However, it was a short season for Backstrom and the Capitals, as the team ended its season with a first round playoff exit against the Boston Bruins. After that, Backstrom declined to play in the World Cup due to a troubled hip.
“I [had it] operated on six years ago and then it was okay. Now I will be honest and say that it feels good “like that”,” he told Gefle Dagblad.
Backstrom has more four years left on his contract with Washington and then he intends to return to Brynäs IF sometime after that. He began his hockey career with Brynäs in 2001 with their U16 team and continued rising through the ranks with Brynäs IF before he departed for the NHL in 2005.
“The dream has always been to end in Brynäs, but the body must also last. Then it’s not just possible to come home and sign. You also want to perform. But someday we will move home,” said Bäckström to GD.
Backstrom signed a five-year contract worth $ 9.2 million per season. The current deal expires in 2025 and thereafter, a return to the SHL may be in the cards for him.
By Jon Sorensen