Backstrom Stays With the Capitals

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The Washington Capitals have sign Nicklas Backstrom to a 5-year extension worth  $46-million.

The NHL club announced the signing on Tuesday that will keep the Swedish centre with the team through the 2024-25 season.

Backstrom will count $9.2-million against the salary cap when this contract kicks in next season, a significant raise from his current team-friendly deal.

Along with captain Alex Ovechkin, Backstrom has been a cornerstone of the franchise for more than a decade. 

''I wasn't expecting a whole lot when I first got drafted,'' Backstrom said. ''Ever since, it's been a journey.''

Backstrom and Ovechkin have played more than 900 games together since Backstrom's NHL debut in 2007 and became one of hockey's most dynamic duos during this era.

 

— with files from Metro Source