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Backstrom Says He's Better; Team Being Cautious (Updated)

Three days after spraining his ankle during an on-ice training session, center Nicklas Backstrom says he's doing much better.

"I can walk," he said with a smile. "I will be okay."

Backstrom was still limping noticeably, however, and did not skate. But he was able to ride a stationary bike and said he thinks he'll be ready for the start of training camp next Saturday.

But GM George McPhee was considerably more cautious, saying it's too soon to know whether Backstrom will miss any time. McPhee said the training staff is going to monitor Backstrom's progress over the next few days before clearing him to return to the ice.

I'm not a doctor obviously, but judging from what McPhee said and the way Backstrom was limping, I guessing there's a possibility he won't be ready for the start of camp next Saturday.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  September 13, 2008; 11:46 AM ET
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Good for Backs that he won't miss the start of camp. Semin won't, either.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

Good news indeed, but I'd stay cautious, no need to rush him back to the ice. We don't need to cause further injury with haste.

Posted by: CapsCorndog | September 13, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Oh good. That's a relief. Like others said, don't rush him. We don't need a repeat of Semin.

Posted by: september, finally! | September 13, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse


Seriously though he shouldn't rush back, the season is way too long for this to linger. Better he miss part of October rather than Oct+ Nov+ Dec etc. etc.
Do have any word if it was the dreaded "high ankle sprain"? Just wondering, because that would be the worst scenario IMO

Posted by: Puddin_An_Semin | September 13, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

How many people think the girl in the SINGLES.COM advertisement that keeps popping up around here has ever been single? Interesting that singles' website adds are payed to run at blog spots. What does that say about people who spend their time on blogs? Just an observation.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 13, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Thanks much for the update, Tarik, much appreciated--too bad it's been almost a month (since 8/15) since your editors have thought it worth actually putting an article on the Caps in the print edition. God forbid we need Palin to start showing up before the Post pays attention.

Posted by: Jim H | September 13, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Dr. Tarik El-Bashir...

I like it

Posted by: O-V-P | September 13, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: KP | September 13, 2008 5:04 PM | Report abuse

GMGM is a smart man no reason to not take extra time off and let it heel fully.We can not afford to loose him for the season.If it is a one week injury he should sit out for 3 just to make sure.

Posted by: smartfan | September 13, 2008 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Saw Backs saturday he was with Nyls at kids game shorty was walking with a noticable limp

Posted by: Bro | September 14, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

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