IN Washington Capitals announced on Saturday that Nicklas Backstrom underwent surgery to repair his hip joint on Friday.
There is no timetable for Backstrom’s return at this stage, but Capitals said in a statement that its rehabilitation and recovery process will be “long”.
Frank Seravali noted on Twitter that Backstrom may not return to the NHL after this procedure. Ryan Kessler underwent the same operation in 2019 and never played again until Ed Jovanovski did it in 2013 and retired after playing 37 more games after the procedure.
Backstrom missed the first two months of the 2021-22 season due to a severe thigh injury and made his debut only on December 15. He finished 47 games and scored six goals and 31 points, the lowest in his career in terms of points per game.
He added six points in six playoff games after the Capitals were eliminated in the first round by the Florida Panthers.
Backstrom is heading for the third year of a five-year $ 46 million contract he signed with Capitals in January 2020. Backstrom launched last season with a long-term reserve for injuries and if the case is again in 2022-2023, Capitals will be given 9 , $ 2 million as relief from the salary cap to compensate.