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Report: Backstrom to join Ovechkin with KHL Dynamo

Oct 18, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

Backstrom

Big news out of Washington today as the NHLPA plans to respond to the latest CBA offer — Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom has reportedly agreed to join KHL team Dynamo Moscow, the same team that currently employs Alex Ovechkin.

The news, first broken by Swedish news outlet SVT (Sveriges Television), comes at a very curious time.

There had been a decided lull of lockout signings in Europe with one notable player, Chicago’s Patrick Kane, saying he decided to put off signing overseas to see how the current negotiations played out.

Here’s a translation of  SVT’s Backstrom piece, courtesy Japer’s Rink:

Washington’s star forward Nicklas Backstrom choose to play in the KHL and Dynamo Moscow during NHL conflict.

“I want to play hockey and this will be a fun challenge, says Backstrom to SVT sport. It was teammate Alexander Ovechkin who persuaded Backstrom choosing Dynamo.”

There may be a short-term stay in the Russian capital. The parties shall negotiate in the NHL tonight Swedish time. The employer has fallen somewhat with the hope to get the game on November 2. Players union does not seem impressed by the new bid.

Backstrom, 24, played with Swedish Elite League outfit Brynas IF at the junior and senior levels before joining Washington in 2007-08.

The hope for Dynamo would (seemingly) be that Backstrom and Ovechkin recapture the magic of their 2009-10 campaigns, when both recorded over 100 points — Ovechkin finished third in the NHL in goals (50) and Backstrom finished third in assists (68).

  1. kodyknight2821 - Oct 18, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    Why?

  2. ravenscaps48 - Oct 18, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Just to get on the same page with him chemistry wise… That’s all this is. So when they come back for the season, they’ll be linked up

    • gianthatr - Oct 18, 2012 at 3:51 PM

      Very weird that with a deadline of next week to get a full season underway that he decides now to leave? That’s not a good sign.

      • blomfeld - Oct 18, 2012 at 4:00 PM

        It’s not weird at all, if you believe that the season is slated to start by the third week of November …

  3. ermur22 - Oct 19, 2012 at 6:29 AM

    And they are flying in those Russian planes to games?! Good luck to them.

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