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Nicklas Backstrom’s (neck) status for camp is a mystery

Jan 8, 2013, 9:44 PM EDT

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Nicklas Backstrom rejoined his Capitals’ teammates, but he didn’t take part in their workout Tuesday morning, according to the Washington Post.

The 25-year-old center suffered a neck injury while playing for Dynamo Moscow of the KHL on Dec. 26 and getting an update on his status is easier said than done.

“There are some things we can talk about, some things we can’t, and we can’t talk about the fitness or health of any players until training camp,” Capitals GM George McPhee said. “I’d be happy then.”

Alex Ovechkin was also a member of Dynamo Moscow during the lockout and he’s free to talk. Unfortunately, his report only raised more questions.

“I think he’s doing well,” Ovechkin said. “It was not a dirty [hit] than was before. But sometimes it’s not hard hit, you just feel a little dizzy. We’ll see how it goes.”

Backstrom was sidelined for 40 contests in 2011-12 due to a concussion, so it’s concerning to hear that one of his symptoms is dizziness.

About a week ago, Backstrom’s Swedish agent, Gunnar Svensson, said his client was day-to-day and “maybe week-to-week.”

Backstrom had 10 goals and 25 points in 19 KHL contests, which put him behind just Ovechkin in the team’s scoring race despite the fact that the Gavle, Sweden-native hasn’t participated in most of the team’s games.

  1. bigbadbruins77 - Jan 8, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    as a Bruins fan I could be kind of happy about this but having him on my fantasy team is a big blow…anytime they say neck it makes me think concussion…

  2. h0ckeycoach - Jan 8, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    This is one team that can’t afford any mishaps out of the gates. Lets all remember the shots players were taking at each other during the lockout. They need to gel as a team quickly, however, they lack a true captain to help with the process. This is going to be a rough start for Oates. Will he be able to bring the team together in only 48 games?

  3. wabakimi - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    I’m a Caps fan who wishes that Ovechkin, for once, would have shut up and let qualified Caps’ personnel talk about Backstrom’s injury. Would a “no comment” have been too much too ask, especially considering that a very private person like Backstrom might have preferred it? But, no, Ovechkin always wants to be the center of attention, even when it’s not about him at all.

    • rsl22 - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      What part of Ovechkin’s comment bothered you so much?

      The personnel aren’t allowed to talk about his injury, and may not even be able to look at him under CBA is signed. OV was there when Backis was injured. Big deal, he said nothing.

      • wabakimi - Jan 9, 2013 at 12:00 AM

        The part in which Ovechkin said. . . anything. He didn’t need to gossip. Why did he need to talk? When the Caps personnel are allowed to talk to the press this weekend, they should be the ones, in consultation with Backstrom, to decide what information to release.

        If you followed Backstrom’s injury last year, you’d know that nothing was released about the injury. No symptoms. Nothing. I’d imagine that it was at Backstrom’s request, since he seems to treasure his privacy. Even after his recovery, Backstrom said nothing about his symptoms to the media.

        I realize that it’s not in Ovechkin’s nature to forgo media attention, but just this once he could have thought about how his teammate might feel about it.

      • rsl22 - Jan 9, 2013 at 12:39 PM

        We’re not talking about issues of national security. If you followed this story at all, everyone knew it was a neck injury the day it happened. Big deal.

  4. capsfan19 - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    Sigh…. I this has been on mind since this recent resumption of the season

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