Nicklas Backstrom Will Make Season Debut On Sunday

The Washington Capitals announced Saturday morning that center Nicklas Backstrom is back. The first announcement was made on the team’s Twitter account at 11 AM. The message indicated that Backstrom will return for tomorrow’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Samantha Pell of the Washington Post later confirmed that Backstrom will indeed make his return on Sunday.

Backstrom underwent resurfacing surgery on his left hip on June 18, 2022. The surgery was performed at the ANCA Clinic in Belgium.

The Capitals shifted John Carlson to long-term injured reserve (LTIR), clearing the cap space needed to activate Backstrom.

The team will need to make an roster move to make room for Backstrom, which should be announced sometime later today.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

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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10 Responses to Nicklas Backstrom Will Make Season Debut On Sunday

  1. Anonymous says:

    Protas to Hershey? Carlson on LTIR? What’s the move?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Nick is back. What then?

  3. Anonymous says:

    God bless NB19!

  4. Diane Doyle says:

    Play list for Nicky

    “How You Remind Me” by Nickelback
    “Here I Go Again” by White Snake

  5. hockeydruid says:

    Sorry to say this but I really dont see the advantage of bringing Backy back. And I dont see him playing at the high level he played at 3/4 years ago. Hope that he does well and that I am wrong but history is not on his side after this type of surgery. HE may be good but he is no Superman or even an Ovie!!

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