Like many before him, Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom has agreed to play in the KHL, according to TSN.ca. The flashy forward has reportedly signed with the Dynamo Moscow and will now suit up beside his Washington teammate, Alex Ovechkin.
Backstrom is set to fly to Russia on Thursday evening, a move that could signify the player’s stance on the current NHL lockout. With the NHLPA set to respond to the latest offer from the NHL, there is much speculation that the two sides still remain far apart from hammering out a new CBA. Why else wouldn’t Backstrom wait and see if this latest proposal has some merit and at least grounds for further negotiations that could lead to the season starting by November 2.
The move to go play in Russia could also further enforce Ovechkin’s strong words that many European players may elect to remain overseas if and when the NHL starts up again.
Backstrom is now the fifth Capitals player to head to Europe to try and keep his skills sharp, joining the aforementioned Ovechkin, Wojtek Wolski,Michal Neuvirth and Brooks Laich.
Last season with the Caps, Backstrom was limited to just 42 games and still managed to put up 44 points. The 24-year old has seen two down years after recording 101 points during the 2009-10 season.