Capital Gain

Image: Nicklas Backstrom

Rumour has it that RFA Nicklas Backstrom has re-signed with the Washinton Capitals for 10 years, somewhere between $60-70 million. Backstrom is would be one of the top centres in the League no matter what, but playing with Ovechkin obviously doesn’t hurt. He came into the League as a set up centreman, but over his first three seasons his goal totals were 14, 22 and 33 this past year. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him be a consistent 35+ goal man as he enters his prime.

I doubt the Caps re-sign Theodore, but they need a new deal for Michal Neuvirth this year, and Varlamov next. Unless they shop Semin, signing Backstrom to this deal means Brendan Morrison won’t be back and probably one of Tomas Fleischmann or Eric Fehr, both are RFAs. Scott Walker and Eric Belanger could stick around if they want to take a pay cut, but that doesn’t seem to happen anywhere but Detroit.

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