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Backstrom has “what you say — bruised neck”

Jan 2, 2013, 3:54 PM EDT

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 7: Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals stretches during warm-ups prior to the start of the game against the New York Rangers in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images) Getty Images

If the NHL lockout ends soon, the Washington Capitals may have to start the season without one of their top players.

Nicklas Backstrom, who’s spending the lockout with Dynamo Moscow of the KHL, suffered a neck injury on Dec. 26 when he was hit from behind in a game against Slovan Bratislava.

Backstrom’s Swedish agent, Gunnar Svensson, sent an email to the blog, Russian Machine Never Break, expanding on his client’s health issues.

“Nicklas has what you say — bruised neck,” Svensson said. “Hard to say about the recovery time. Day to day, maybe week to week.”

Backstrom has 25 points in 19 games for Dynamo Moscow. His Caps teammate Alex Ovechkin leads the club with 38 points in 30 games.

  1. vanchuk - Jan 2, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    “Nicklas has what you say — bruised neck,” Svensson said. He then put a pint of kerosene in his Invacar and drove 300 hectares.

    H/T to Crazy Vaclav’s Place of Automobiles

    • Mike Halford - Jan 2, 2013 at 6:30 PM

      Put it in H!

  2. rockthered1286 - Jan 2, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Rest that neck Backstrom, the LAST thing we need if a season does come to fruition is you sitting on the pine resting injuries!

    Ovechkin leading the club with 38 pts in 30 games. Stupendous.

  3. bigbadbruins77 - Jan 2, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Ouch I hope that neck thing isn’t a “concussion”. I drafted Ovi and Backstrom in my yahoo fantasy league hoping that they would both return to form. With Adam Oates and a healthy Backstrom/Green that is!

    • bigbadbruins77 - Jan 2, 2013 at 7:16 PM

      and when I say “return to form” I don’t mean they were bad last year, just not the 90-100 point scorers like I am hoping for this year :) With Adams Oates coaching, Mike Green moving the puck, and Ovi having a hopefully healthy Backstrom, I am expecting big things. And this is coming from a Bruins fan! Even if Joel Ward kicking in the puck last year in OT crushed my dreams 😦

  4. truenorthjets - Jan 2, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    About time something happens to him. He should be cursed for wearing 99.

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