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Caps’ Backstrom undergoes arthroscopic hip surgery

Dallas Stars v Washington Capitals

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 01: during an NHL game at Verizon Center on April 1, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Dallas Stars won, 5-0. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

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Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom underwent arthroscopic hip surgery and is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

“Nicklas Backstrom underwent a successful arthroscopic surgery on his hip on Wednesday afternoon,” the Caps said in a statement. “Based on the nature of this procedure, we are confident that Nick will be completely healthy prior to the start of the 2015-16 regular season.”

According to Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post, the club will have a better idea of Backstrom’s recovery timetable when he begins rehab in a few weeks.

The 27-year-old had 18 goals and 78 points in 82 regular season games. He added three goals and five helpers in 14 playoff games.

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