10 takeaways, from Nicklas Backstrom’s rehab to Evgeny Kuznetsov’s state of mind – the athletic


From Nicklas Backstrom’s injury and Evgeny Kuznetsov’s state of mind to Tom Wilson’s thoughts on the Rangers offseason and the Capitals’ vaccination prospects, the players, head coach Peter Laviolette and manager General Brian MacLellan all met with reporters on Thursday, the first day of 2021 training camp.

Here are my top 10 takeaways from question-and-answer sessions:

1. The latest news from Backstrom’s detox

As expected, Backstrom was off the ice for Day 1 as he continues to recover from the hip injury that hampered him in the playoffs. The team have listed the 33-year-old center as week after week, which could mean he won’t see any playing time during the preseason.

As for opening night, Oct. 13 against the Rangers, MacLellan said it was too early to speculate on Backstrom’s availability for this highly anticipated game.

“Everything is a possibility,” said MacLellan. “Depends on how he responds over the next two weeks.” “

MacLellan acknowledged that Backstrom’s current disease is linked to the arthroscopic surgery he had on his hip in 2015. This procedure cost Backstrom the preseason and the first three games of the regular season. Although the current injury is taking longer to heal than the team initially hoped, according to MacLellan, surgery was not on the table this time around.

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