ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Washington Capitals heart Nicklas Backstrom mentioned Saturday he’s taking his hip damage rehab slowly and does not know when he’ll be capable of play.
Backstrom has not skated throughout coaching camp and looks like a protracted shot to play within the season opener Oct. 13 in opposition to the New York Rangers or quickly thereafter.
“I’ve no timetable right here,” Backstrom mentioned in his first public feedback since camp began. “We’re simply going to hearken to the physique and go sluggish. We’ll see what occurs. Hopefully I’ll be again skating quickly.”
The 33-year-old Swede has dominated out having one other surgical procedure on his left hip. He had arthroscopic surgical procedure on it in 2015, and the present damage is the results of put on and tear over the previous six years.
“Over time, through the years, it’s been grinding it just a little bit,” Backstrom mentioned. “When that occurs, you simply type of must reset and construct it up once more and that’s the place we’re at. (It) takes longer than you hope, however that’s simply progress: Simply a part of constructing it up once more and making it robust once more.”
The Capitals may put Backstrom on long-term injured reserve to get aid for his $9.2 million wage in opposition to the $81.5 million cap. That may power him to overlook at the least the primary 10 video games of the season.
Backstrom is taken into account week to week.