Nicklas Backstrom Regarding Chronic Hip Injury: “We Have Some Decisions To Make”

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Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom met with the media for the final time this season on Sunday morning. He spoke about dealing with his lingering hip injury and potential decisions ahead.

“”We’ll see what’s going to happen [this summer]. We have some decisions to make. Those decisions aren’t finalized yet, so we’ll take it day by day,” said Backstrom.

“The hip’s not going to be 100%. That’s something we all know. Some days are good. Some days are less good. That’s just life.”

Backstrom added, “the best thing I want to do is play hockey, and that’s my life. Obviously I want to be back. I want to be back to normal, not worrying about this. We’ll see what’s going to happen. Nothing is finalized yet.”

Backstrom, 34, missed the first 35 games of the season in order to rehabilitate his hip.

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Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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8 Responses to Nicklas Backstrom Regarding Chronic Hip Injury: “We Have Some Decisions To Make”

  1. Anonymous says:

    No! This sounds very ominous. If he’s played his last game it will be an end of a era I’m not ready for.

    • Lewis6kids says:

      I agree. I’ve been a Backy fan forever. One could imagine a farewell season full of emotion and joy – BUT – he can no longer play at a competitive level and I truly believe he has too much integrity and pride to charge the Caps $9 M for what would surely be an inconsistent and sad end to a franchise icon’s career.

  2. Jon Sorensen says:

    Backy is an all time favorite. It sucks seeing him deteriorate. Like Ovi, we need to savor these games because they will surely not last.

  3. Diane Doyle says:

    This does not sound good – at all. Will the future involve hip surgery. Or worse?

  4. Denise S says:

    Prayers Backy continues to play and the hip completely heals.

  5. Anonymous says:

    God speed, Backy!

  6. DC Scappeli says:

    I love Nicky too and hate to see him slowly losing his ability to compete at a top level. It’s tough to see him in the twilight of his career and possibly going out in this way.

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