As the Capitals take to the ice for the start of training camp on Thursday, Nicklas Backstrom will be notably absent. The Caps center will miss the start of training camp as he continues to rehab his hip, the team announced Thursday. He is considered week-to-week.
Backstrom dealt with a lingering hip injury last season that affected his play into the playoffs.
"I think it caught up with him at the end," general manager Brian MacLellan said at the end of the 2021 season. "It got worse and he struggled to be at 100 percent. ... He got worn down at the end of the year."
Backstrom scored 15 goals and 38 assists in 55 games last season, producing his best points per 60 minutes rate, 3.1, since 2016-17. In the playoffs, however, he was limited to only one assist in five games as the injury clearly impacted his play.
The news of Backstrom missing the start of camp is not ideal, but the announcement does not rule him out for the start of the season.