Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, who has yet to participate in training camp, told the media on Saturday that there is “no timetable” on when he will be able to return from a hip injury he sustained late last season.
The 34-year-old said he has not started skating and is labeled as week-to-week.
On whether the injury is related to the surgery he had after the 2014-15 season, Backstrom replied “I think every time you do a surgery, yeah. I think a little bit connected, yeah, but at the same time — it’s the same hip. Only thing I can say is I feel way better now than end of last year, so that’s a good thing.”
He ruled out the possibility of having another surgery.
When asked whether he will be ready for the Capitals’ season opener against the New York Rangers on Wednesday, October 13, Backstrom said “We’ll see.”
Backstrom said that he wanted to be patient with the injury, which he acknowledged is “getting better and better… we’re looking at long term not short term.”
“It was a good time now to really be patient with it and make sure I feel good before I step on the ice. The progress is going good and I’m feeling better. Hopefully I can be on the ice soon.”
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) October 2, 2021
If Backstrom, who led the Capitals in assists (38) and points (53) in 55 games last season, starts 2021-22 on long-term injured reserve, the first game he would be eligible to return would be against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, November 6.
By Harrison Brown