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DC Sports Bog: Nicklas Backstrom Likes Swedish Meatballs

The Post's Dan Steinberg also attended the press conference to introduce Nicklas Backstrom.

While I was tracking down contract info, Steinberg was asking the tough questions. It's a good read. Check it out here.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  May 21, 2007; 3:00 PM ET
 
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He looks a lot bigger than in his draft picture. True? Who does he compare to in size (among current Caps players) ?

Posted by: On Ice | May 21, 2007 3:32 PM | Report abuse

FYI, Backstrom threw out the opening pitch in the Nationals/Orioles game yesterday. He got lots of cheers walking up to the mound, although I'm wondering if it was cursory for anyone walking up, or really for Backstrom himself. I made sure everyone around me knew who Backstrom was!

Posted by: Debbie | May 21, 2007 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Scintillating. The Post may fall short when it comes to hockey, but their meatball coverage is second to none.

Posted by: Joe Bob | May 21, 2007 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Hey, hands off the meatballs! Its about time that the round mounds of meatness got some air time!

I was just thinking, Caps' linemate matching will be interesting from a personality standpoint. You've got the very extraverted Ovechkin, the extremely introverted Semin, and the politely introverted (?) Backstrom. Maybe Backstrom will be a better match with Ovechkin, after all.. if he skates with Semin, there might not be enough assertiveness there to take over a game.

All pure speculation, of course..

Wonder what happened to Zubrus's market value after a goalless but hard-working playoff run. It feels like the Caps should be able to get him for whatever they offered him before, I don't think another team will offer him more.. Thoughts?

Posted by: Vlad | May 21, 2007 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Why is everyone so concerned with getting Zubie back? I liked him when he was here, but he obivously (based on statements he made to the Buffalo press) is more happy there. Plus, what did the caps win with him here? It reminds me of when Bengt Gustaffsun was here. When he left for Sweden fans cried out that we would never win the Stanley CUp now that he was gone. And a very astute sportswriter (I really think it was Mr. Tony back when he actually wrote sports columns) pointed out that the Caps had never won the Stanley Cup WITH Gus around. Lets spend our money wisely this offseason.

Posted by: Huh? | May 21, 2007 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Getting Zubrus back very well could be "spending our money wisely this offseason." That's why.

He was loved in the locker room, he has some offense and plenty of drive. Put him on the RW (not C!) with Ovie and you make the free agent hunt easier.

Ovechkin - NEW C - Zubrus
Semin - Backstrom - Fehr/other Bear
Pettinger - Gordon - Clark
sutherby/laich/etc/etc

That's a fairly promising and young lineup than can grow together.

Add two D and you're quite possibly making the playoffs this season and getting somewhere the next season.

Posted by: Shmoo | May 21, 2007 7:37 PM | Report abuse

Zubrus had an excellent playoff run with the Sabres as a RW. There was a piece in a buffalo newspaper suggesting Buffalo try to re-sign him for 1.85 mil per year or thereabouts.

If Zubrus comes back it absolutely must be as a winger. But even then he is not the priority. The capitals can fill the wings adequately from within. Its the bigger holes that need to be filled from the outside. A wing singing should come after rookie camp. After draft day trade ideas for centers and defensemen have been exhausted, after the first few days of the UFA period. If Zubrus signs with the Caps on July 1st before a true top line center or top defenseman is signed then us fans will probably be in for another long season.

Posted by: Graham | May 22, 2007 10:46 AM | Report abuse

News today - his knee is shot. Same knee as before. Somebody will get him on the cheap or maybe nobody at all with that bad news.

Posted by: On Ice | May 22, 2007 12:26 PM | Report abuse

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