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Caps sign Nicklas Backstrom to 10-year, $67M deal

The Capitals announced this morning that they've signed Nicklas Backstrom to a long-term contract, locking up the 22-year-old center for another 10 years alongside linemate Alex Ovechkin, who has 11 years left on his 13-year, $124 million contract. Backstrom's deal is worth $67 million.

"I think we have a good mix on our team, and I wanted to stay and everything, so there was nothing to think about," Backstrom told reporters gathered at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. (More quotes here.)

Update: Here's more details on the contracts for Backstrom and Johansson, plus reaction from Coach Bruce Boudreau.

By Lindsay Applebaum  |  May 17, 2010; 10:45 AM ET
 
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We got the "hometown discount".

D.C. is only a hop, skip and a jump away from Gavle.

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | May 17, 2010 10:50 AM |

Posted by: wtf_e_fehr | May 17, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Rock'n' good news. How 'bout a beast on the D,and someone to clear out the middle for some rebounds. Is that too much to ask or at least admit?

Posted by: ridgely1 | May 17, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

That puts us at $43m for next year. Still have:

Schultz - RFA ($2.5m estimate)
Fehr - RFA ($2m estimate)
Flash - RFA ($2.5m estimate)
Neuvirth - RFA ($1m estimate)
Gordon - RFA ($1m estimate)

Pass on Gordon. If the resign the rest, will put them about $51m.

Posted by: underpants2 | May 17, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

@underpants2

Assume Flash will be gone. That price is too steep for the Caps due to their salary cap situation. Replace him with a forward from Hershey who will be about $600k-$800k.

Posted by: sgm3 | May 17, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

critical signing. excellent move.

Posted by: asdffdsa1 | May 17, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Backstrom appeared to have taken less money for long-term security. I've seen older, lesser players signed to bigger contracts. The Caps should consider themselves very lucky that Backstrom was willing to take less so they could use some cap space to sign a 2nd line center. Hope the Caps are able to move Fleischmann and one of their D (except Carlson, Poti, and Alzner) to get a top shutdown defenseman. It would be nice to have a player of the calibre of some of the defenseman on Montreal or Philly on our blueline.

Posted by: wizfan89 | May 17, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

@underpants2

Also, I think Neuvirth has one more remaining on his entry level contract. So his salary will be around $800k (I think).

Posted by: sgm3 | May 17, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

get rid of Schultz three months ago and put that money toward an actual defenseman. Caps have to be kicking themselves for not going after Sutton at the deadline.

Posted by: erico31us | May 17, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER!

Posted by: lylewimbledon | May 17, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

@erico31us

what exactly did sutton do in the playoffs. pens were flying past him and scoring goals left and right. I fine with erskine

Posted by: samb99 | May 17, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Great news!!
Now throw some money at Laich (I know he still has a year left) and extend him for another 2 or 3 years. Thanks in advance. :)

Posted by: j3rockstar | May 17, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Great news about Nicky! This is somewhat off topic, but talking about salary cap in the upcoming years. Depending on how Semin's upcoming season goes, I could see him heading back to Russia to play after his contract is up. He's always seemed a bit uncomfortable here. And if that happens, that's one re-signing the caps won't have to worry about. OR, do the caps trade him for a solid blue-liner during the upcoming season?

Posted by: roque_the_red | May 17, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Need a long term deal for Semin now. He signed just a one year extension right?

Posted by: newportnews | May 17, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

newportnews - with all due respect.....I don't think you can give Semin the kind of contract he needs/wants here. Let him go to another team and be their marquee player. It would take that or a trip back to Russia for him to get Backstrom/Ovie type money.

Posted by: j3rockstar | May 17, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I agree. Semin should head back to Russia. It's not like he has any friends on the Capitals anyways. Oh, you're right. He knows that guy named Ovi.

Idiots. Semin would most likely stay, if given the chance to. I doubt it's hard to overlook his contributions during the season but you all tend to. I guess that explains why you're on message boards and not coaching/managing a professional hockey team.

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | May 17, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

And that would explain why you are here as well LeftCoastCapsFan!

Posted by: PhilR | May 17, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

These ridiculous contracts to Backstrom and Ovie are huge mistakes. They now have nothing to play for. Look at what Ovie is doing over in Germany at the World Championships. He's lighting it up. Why? Because his position on that team, while secure for now, is dependent on his play. Not so with the Caps. He and now Backstorm are locked in. Add to it the fact that these international tourneys are more important to the European players than the Stanley Cup is and you have a recipe for early playoff exits for the next ten years. The Caps have a porous defense and at best, suspect goaltending. Why not sign these guys to 5-6 year deals and use some of that money where it is needed. Enjoy the regular season.

Posted by: justoneblacktoe | May 17, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Semin is going to want a deal similar to Backie, if not bigger. I don't see how you look up that kind of money on 3 players (Ovie, Backie and glass joe Semin) when you have to put other pieces on the ice around these guys. Ted and GMGM need to start doing the homework now to move Semin in the coming season. The guy is a too much of a headcase and,often, too lazy to garnes the contract he thinks he deserves. The right trade of Semin could easily fill one or two holes that the Caps need to fill. Oh, and send Flash's a$$ packing, too.

Posted by: doughless | May 17, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

I agree with doughless. I think Semin deserves a nice contract. The only problem is that it wouldnt make sense for him to get that here.
Also...
justoneblacktoe - I think the contracts here are actually quite smart. They are getting 2 of the worlds best players at (or below) market value....depending on where the cap goes in the next decade. I know the end of this season was frustrating but just think...this team isnt even peaked yet.

Posted by: j3rockstar | May 17, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

@justoneblacktoe

Thats crazy talk! Ovie's play has been stellar since his deal, and he is rcking up points at the WC b/c most of the great NHL players are not there.

Ovie is a competitive animal! He loves to spend the money, but anybody who has watched him play knows that his first love is hockey...he puts his heart into every game, ad Backie does the same. They deserve long term deals, ad frankly I am glad we don't have to worry about losing them. If backie signed short term contracts with us, his price would just keep going up and we would not be able toafford him. We just got a GREAT deal!

Posted by: capscoach | May 17, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

@justoneblacktoe

Thats crazy talk! Ovie's play has been stellar since his deal, and he is rcking up points at the WC b/c most of the great NHL players are not there.

Ovie is a competitive animal! He loves to spend the money, but anybody who has watched him play knows that his first love is hockey...he puts his heart into every game, ad Backie does the same. They deserve long term deals, ad frankly I am glad we don't have to worry about losing them. If backie signed short term contracts with us, his price would just keep going up and we would not be able toafford him. We just got a GREAT deal!

Posted by: capscoach | May 17, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Sorry....
"I know the end of this season was frustrating but just think...this team *hasn't* even peaked yet."

I'm really not an idiot....promise. ;)

Posted by: j3rockstar | May 17, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Semin and Green need to be traded for a shutdown D.

Posted by: DCFanatic | May 17, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

@DCFanatic

No shut down D is worth both those guys. Trade Green, make room for Volchenkov.

Posted by: capscoach | May 17, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Ovie has played stellar but not when it counts - so far. Tuesday night in February against Tampa Bay? No one better. And he's a great player, there is no taking that from him. But to use an example from another sport, if Derek Jeter - who has 5 rings had to play for his latest contract so should a player like Ovie who hasn't won anything. Signing Backstrom only adds to the problem. And to the good folks who think the Caps can trade Semin and Green for a "shut down" defenseman, do you not think every other GM in the league sees what the fans see? Green has been out of position in his own end all season. Game 7 only highlighted it. You can't trade your headcases (Semin) for someone's gold anywhere but on forums like this and on talk radio.

Posted by: justoneblacktoe | May 17, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

justoneblacktoe - I see what you're saying. But you may be selling the drive of these two short.

Posted by: j3rockstar | May 17, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

justoneblacktoe - I see what you're saying. But you may be selling the drive of these two short.

Posted by: j3rockstar | May 17, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

@ justoneblacktoe

I am not saying Green and Semin are perfect, but you don't get 2 Norris nominations for being crappy player. We are all disapointed in Green's playoff performance, but to not be able to admit that he is an extremely valuable player is ludicrous. I think we should trade him, b/c the Cap don't need him, but another team could find him extremely useful.

As for Semin...you can't score 40 goals and not be considered an elite player. He runs hot and cold sometimes, but he has extraordinary talent, and if you watched him in the plyoffs, his lack of poduction was NOT due to lack of effot.

Posted by: capscoach | May 17, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

True, I may be selling their drive short. Only time will tell.

As for Green and Semin we seem to be contradicting ourselves. If they are such good players why move them? Who on the Caps will replace their production? Is the argument that the Caps can do without that production? Look who the Flyers traded for Pronger. Lupul, and a 19 year old who played 8 games and TWO first round picks. In other words low cost potential and draft picks for a 36 year old D man. Now it is working for Philly but you'll note that Anaheim did not take a "head case" and a Norris trophy guy who both want to get paid. That's how you get your stay at home guy. That or free agency. But free agency gets tough when you have so much money tied up in a few players and other UFA and RFAs who want to get paid.

Posted by: justoneblacktoe | May 17, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Ovie has played stellar but not when it counts - so far. Tuesday night in February against Tampa Bay? No one better. And he's a great player, there is no taking that from him. But to use an example from another sport, if Derek Jeter - who has 5 rings had to play for his latest contract so should a player like Ovie who hasn't won anything. Signing Backstrom only adds to the problem. And to the good folks who think the Caps can trade Semin and Green for a "shut down" defenseman, do you not think every other GM in the league sees what the fans see? Green has been out of position in his own end all season. Game 7 only highlighted it. You can't trade your headcases (Semin) for someone's gold anywhere but on forums like this and on talk radio.

Posted by: justoneblacktoe

If Backstrom and Ovie are the type of players that you are describing than the contracts were a mistake. Most professional athletes are not just playing for their next contract. They are playing to win the Cup. Sidney and malkin already had their big contracts prior to them winning the cup.

I agree that nobody is going to trade you a shut down defensemen for Green. I do think they could trade Green and clear up cap space to go after a free agent.

To the fans who say that he is a two time Norris nominee. That is great but he has disappeared in the post season. He is also prone to turnovers. His offensive output in the post season does not justify his defensive mistakes. You hope he turns the corner but I worry that he never does.

Posted by: srobert1117 | May 17, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

It would be foolish to trade Semin and Green, but one is fine. I personally believe we jus don't need Green's offense to stay competitive. That is not to say he is not extremely talented and valuable...I think he would be more valuable to another team and we could use a more stay at home d man. I also think that Carlson will learn to be a bit more offensively oriented which will maybe make up for Greens abscence on the PP.

Posted by: capscoach | May 17, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Effort is hardly acknowledged on this message board. It comes with assuming that everyone is always on top of their game in their respective careers/jobs. But when you think about it, a majority of us are on the Post website adding our comments to these articles as they come out. Makes us hypocrites, no?

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | May 17, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Yes but Malkin and Crosby signed FIVE year extensions, not 13 years and 10 years respectively. That is a huge difference. The Caps on the hook for Ovie until 2020 or something. Sorry that's nuts, I don't care who the player is.

Posted by: justoneblacktoe | May 17, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Why do sports team think 10 year contracts are good business decisions? Five? okay, but 10, no matter who it is, including Lebron and Alex Rodriguez? Is this what players and the market are demanding for premium players?

Posted by: interactingdc | May 17, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

justoneblacktoe - it certainly is a gamble. One that I'm glad GMGM made though. Maybe I've been drinking too much of the koolaid, who knows.

Posted by: j3rockstar | May 17, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

I will never forget the wave of pure hapiness that I felt when I heard Leonsis tell us we had Ov for 13yrs. Look what happened to Atlanta...They couldn't keep a big name like Kovulchuck and I guarantee that their already pathetic attendance will go down even further...it was not that long ago that you coud find great seats for half off the face value at Verizon! I hate paying so much for tickets now, but I love seeing every seat filled with a red sweater. Ov and Backs will ensure it stays that way for quite some time...not to mention their two of the top players in the league and are by far in my opinion the most entertaining.

Posted by: capscoach | May 17, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

capscoach - couldn't have said it better myself.

Posted by: j3rockstar | May 17, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Hooray!! Fantastic signing. And Backs could've taken more, I think he wants to leave some cap space.

The good news about Semin is that next year he'll get to play himself into a new contract. I think he'll want to stay here but if he plays so well that other teams want to offer him more than 6 mil (I assume the Caps offered him that, long term) so much the better for us.

Posted by: RedLitYogi | May 17, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

You can't justify giving Semin a new deal based on the regular season alone. His annual playoff disappearing act can't be ignored. If he's going to play himself into a new contract, he's got to have a good playoff run next season.

Posted by: anw821 | May 17, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Very important signing...and this is from a Pens' fan!

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | May 17, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Hey Caps Fans! How's the golf game? GO FLYERS!!!!

Posted by: jpstuhr | May 17, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

jpstuhr - we can't golf today, it's raining. :)

Posted by: j3rockstar | May 17, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

...I'm sorry: $6.7M/year to play hockey?

Sure. Whatever.

Posted by: dubya1938 | May 17, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

dubya1938 - You wouldn't take $6.7M/year to do whatever it is that you do?
The way I see it, Backstrom gave the team a discount. If you don't think that another team would have payed that (plus more)for him then you're crazy. It's not like that isn't market value for that kind of player anyways.

Posted by: j3rockstar | May 17, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

@jpstuhr

Ah! Spring time and the mocking words of a fan of the motley crew of step-childs, retards and almost humans (Carcillo) a.k.a the Philadephia Flyers. Not dragging your knuckles as you skate is a Flyer scout's dream attribute in a prospect.

When this "dream" season for you all ends, I think I know what you all can do: Go Ph*** Yourselves!!!

Posted by: Political_Stratgst | May 17, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

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