With training camp less than a month away, more Capitals players are making their way to MedStar Capitals Iceplex for informal skates. Nicklas Backstrom and Joel Edmundson were the latest to arrive on Monday morning.
Last offseason, Backstrom underwent hip resurfacing surgery that forced him to miss the first half of the 2022-23 season. The Swedish center returned to the lineup in January and played 39 games. The 35-year-old had 21 points (seven goals, 14 assists). He was not the same player as he once was, and faces arguably the most important training camp of his career.
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“[He] is really, really hungry and lots to prove and his summer of training,” Capitals head coach Spencer Carbery said in an interview with NHL.com. “I think having the extra time but also being able to fully recover from his surgery and now being able to prepare for a season and a training camp, having a full offseason to do that, I think he’s excited and it’s been going well for him.”
Edmundson made his first appearance in a Capitals practice uniform this morning. Washington acquired the 30-year-old defenseman in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens on the first day of NHL free agency. The left-shot rear-guard spent the last three seasons with Montreal, and had 13 points (two goals, 11 assists) in 61 games last year. The Brandon, MB, Canada native looks to bring experience and stability to the left side of the Capitals’ defense, which is quite young.
Players that have already been participating in informal skates are Joe Snively, Alex Alexeyev, John Carlson, Darcy Kuemper and Alex Limoges. Training camp kicks off on Sept. 20 at MedStar Capitals Iceplex.
By Jacob Cheris