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As happy as Capitals fans must be to know Nicklas Backstrom will likely retire with Washington, it's hard to imagine anyone who's more thrilled than Alex Ovechkin. 

Backstrom agreed to a five-year, $46 million extension that will keep him in DC through the 2024-25 season Tuesday, and the Capitals posted a video recreating Ovechkin announcing Backstrom's draft selection from 2006. 

For reference, Ovechkin was the reigning Calder Trophy winner and No. 1 overall pick in 2005. The Caps took Backstrom with the fourth overall selection in the following draft and had Ovechkin make the announcement. 

Backstrom and Ovechkin are the two most decorated players in the franchise's history. Backstrom is the team's all-time assist leader, Ovechkin is the all-time goals leader and they achieved the ultimate goal together in winning a Stanley Cup in 2018. 

So following Backstrom's extension Tuesday, Ovechkin got to recreate such a pivotal moment in Capitals history. 

"I thought it was awesome," Backstrom said when asked what he thought of the video. "In our careers, we're going to be connected together, so that was just special I think."

The Capitals have sprinted out the best record in the NHL and are once again prime contenders for another cup. 

With Backstrom locked in and the team playing as well as they have been, it's hard to picture a scenario where this group doesn't win a second Stanley Cup before their two franchise pillars hang up their skates for good. 

 

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