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Caps deny Backstrom in Sweden to see concussion specialist

Mar 5, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

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Responding to a Swedish newspaper report cited by the Washington Post, the Capitals have denied that injured center Nicklas Backstrom returned to his native Sweden to see a concussion specialist.

Backstrom, 24, has been out of the Caps lineup since Jan. 3 after being elbowed in the head by then-Calgary forward Rene Bourque. Backstrom’s missed the last 27 games as a result and now, according to a Google-translated version of Swedish newspaper Expressen, he’s currently in his homeland seeking treatment.

While the Caps haven’t commented on the Expressen report, they have confirmed Backstrom’s currently in Sweden — but to spend time with his family, not seek medical advice. (The Caps had a similar situation last year when they allowed concussed defenseman Mike Green to leave the team.)

More, from The Post:

Last month when he met with reporters in Washington, Backstrom said it has been tough for him to come to the practice facility regularly yet not have any indication of when he might skate or play again.

Backstrom has been in Sweden for a little more than a week already and is not expected to return until Sunday.

Last season, when Mike Green was sidelined with a concussion, he too was given the opportunity to get away from the daily hockey grind and return home.

The Caps have struggled mightily since losing Backstrom, who was their leading scorer. They’ve gone 11-13-3 without him in the lineup, falling to ninth place in the Eastern Conference.

  1. ravenscaps48 - Mar 5, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Shut him down and just hope he can return for next season

    • govtminion - Mar 5, 2012 at 1:32 PM

      They did- they put him on LTIR last Monday (leading to the belief that McPhee was planning a deadline move), so he can’t return until the beginning of the playoffs anyway. With the way the Caps are playing… that’s likely the end of the season anyway for them, unless they really pick it up soon. A long summer hopefully will help him heal up- without him, the team looks lost.

    • zach28 - Mar 5, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      now you know how pens fans feel lol

      • natswizskincap - Mar 5, 2012 at 4:22 PM

        Why would the Caps need or care to know what the Pens are going through? Sounded like you where taking a shot and if that is the case I feel sorry for you. I, like many Caps fans, hope to see Crosby get back and play well. We don’t take joy in his year long injury. But we do have a naturally more sophisticated fans base so
        I should be surprised by ignorance. Now during the game I’m hoping that Caps are the nastier team on the ice!!! With that being said it has been a very long season!!! Here’s to Crosb’s return inspiring OvI to up his game!!!

      • zach28 - Mar 6, 2012 at 3:32 AM

        not a shot, i just have a bunch of friends who are caps fans and they love crosby being out so i made a general assumption of the fanbase. for the record im not a pens fan but yeah id like to see him back and ovi better pick his game up…

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