Backstrom Stays With the Capitals
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