Jan 9, 2013, 11:08 AM EST
The Washington Capitals have confirmed to website Russian Machine Never Breaks that star forward Nicklas Backstrom is visiting a specialist in Michigan to explore what his agent originally called a “bruised neck”
Said the Caps in an email: “Nick and his agent informed us that they are being proactive with his injury and decided to visit a specialist prior to training camp. Obviously, as you know until camp officially starts teams cannot perform physicals on any player.”
Backstrom suffered the injury late last month while playing for Dynamo Moscow.
On Tuesday, Caps GM George McPhee declined to comment on the issue.
“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,” 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.
As RMNB notes, Sidney Crosby saw a specialist in Michigan when he was struggling with a concussion.
Mar 2, 2015, 11:21 AM EST(Edit)
Couple of potential scenarios being reported.
Mar 2, 2015, 10:56 AM EST(Edit)
Veteran blueliner is currently sidelined with a concussion, however.
Mar 2, 2015, 10:10 AM EST(Edit)
“He’s a player we kind of looked at for a while.”
Mar 2, 2015, 9:24 AM EST(Edit)
Montreal strikes first on deadline day.
Mar 2, 2015, 8:58 AM EST(Edit)
Marleau and Thornton haven’t been approached about their no-trade clauses.
Mar 2, 2015, 7:55 AM EST(Edit)
Monday’s collection of links.
Mar 2, 2015, 2:15 AM EST(Edit)
It’s a first round and third round selection heading to Philly.
Mar 2, 2015, 1:50 AM EST(Edit)
Tampa gets a pair of second-rounders.
Mar 2, 2015, 1:20 AM EST(Edit)
Elliott and Allen saw action Sunday night.
Mar 1, 2015, 10:50 PM EST(Edit)
Malkin had a third straight three-point game.
Mar 1, 2015, 9:15 PM EST(Edit)
The Washington forward remains in the game.
Mar 1, 2015, 8:00 PM EST(Edit)
Both teams also swapped draft picks in the deal.
- PHT’s 2015 NHL Trade Deadline Tracker 9
- Trade: Montreal acquires Petry from Edmonton for two draft picks 19
- Bruins acquire Connolly from the Lightning for draft picks (Confirmed) 29
- Trade: Rangers land Yandle, Coyotes receive Duclair, first-rounder 69
- Trade: Capitals land Glencross, Flames get two picks 23
- Flames place Giordano on IR 5
- Flyers keep faint playoff hopes alive with win over Rangers 28
- Trade: Blackhawks acquire Vermette from Arizona for Dahlbeck, first rounder 74
- Jagr earns high praise in his Panthers debut 1
- Bruins maintain four-point edge in playoff race, hand Coyotes ninth straight loss 5
- Wild beat Avs, dying seconds fight set stage for rematch (151)
- Petrovic: Chicago will ‘probably seek revenge’ for Kane injury tonight (82)
- Trade: Blackhawks acquire Vermette from Arizona for Dahlbeck, first rounder (74)
- Report: Alex Petrovic avoids discipline after injuring Patrick Kane (69)
- Trade: Rangers land Yandle, Coyotes receive Duclair, first-rounder (69)