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No concussion for Backstrom: “We can all be calm”

Jan 11, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT

Nicklas Backstrom AP

Feel free to relax, Capitals fans — Nicklas Backstrom doesn’t have a concussion and expects to be in Washington’s lineup when the season starts.

Backstrom confirmed he visited a concussion specialist this week, but it turns out it was “more the neck, a stiff neck.”

The 25-year-old suffered the neck injury (if you can call a stiff neck an injury) when he was checked into the boards on Dec. 26 in a KHL game.

“I feel good, a hundred percent,” Backstrom said Friday, as per “I know there’s a lot of speculation about what’s going on but it’s something I wanted to check out. It’s no concussion. We can all be calm.”

Backstrom missed 40 games with a concussion last season, thus all the speculation.

  1. bmoreredfury311 - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    YES!!! thank you jeebus! Can’t wait for the puck to drop!

  2. bigbadbruins77 - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Whoa thats big. Looking forward to what Adam oates can do with backstrom and Ovi.

    • rsl22 - Jan 11, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      That’s good news. Caps finally have a second line center in Ribiero, but sadly no second line winger. Hope Semin doesn’t bury the Caps like he used to do to the Canes.

      • dipthatchip - Jan 11, 2013 at 1:46 PM

        Semin catches on fire for like 5 games a season and everything he touches turns to gold. With our luck, each one will be vs. Carolina

      • dipthatchip - Jan 11, 2013 at 1:47 PM

        caps-canes* sorry, my wording was atrocious

  3. mp1113 - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    He practiced today so definitely good to go

  4. subliminalnoize - Jan 11, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Happy Backie’s backbone is okay, being that he is the backbone of this team. (Oh the pun is very well intended)

  5. rockthered1286 - Jan 11, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    Hamrlik and Brouwer agree- this is a good thing.

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