The Washington Capitals have signed a five-year, $ 46-million contract extension with Nicklas Backstrom, the team announced on Tuesday. The deal will cap $ 9.2 million during the 2024-25 season and will likely keep the Swedish striker with the team for the rest of his career.
This agreement comes after the Capitals and Backstrom found themselves in a dead end over the duration of the extension.
Naturally, the Capitals would have preferred a shorter term for Backstrom to this cap, since it just celebrated its 32nd anniversary in November. At the same time, Backstrom wanted a few more years of the agreement and was interested in a five-year agreement.
In the end, the Capitals sealed off and gave Backstrom the contract he was asking for.
Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)
An interesting dynamic in this contract negotiation was the fact that Backstrom negotiated this contract by itself.
This is something that has been seen more frequently in the big four sports leagues as players have explored negotiating their own contracts, which reduces agent fees. Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings is a recent example in the NHL.
For Backstrom, however, this decision was not made solely on the basis of financial concerns.
“It’s not just about saving money,” Backstrom told Samantha Pell of the Washington Post. “I want to do it. I’m interested. I want to know what’s going on, like behind the scenes. When you have an agent, you only hear the numbers. I just wanted to see how people react and all that. That’s what I find pretty cool. ”
Things have worked out well for Backstrom and the Capitals shouldn’t worry too much about the future implications of the deal, as their current window to winning another Stanley Cup is wide open.
Backstrom has achieved fame with capitals
With the fourth overall selection in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Backstrom has been a star for the Capitals throughout his career.
While everyone knows that Alex Ovechkin is a superstar with the Capitals, many often forget how good Backstrom is and has been in every season of his career, including his rookie season which saw him score 14 goals and record 55 assists in 82 games. .
Nicklas Backstrom, Washington Capitals (Jess Starr / The Hockey Writers)
In 934 career games, Backstrom scored 240 goals and 908 points. Player of points per match in his career thanks to his tremendous playing ability, Backstrom has already recorded 668 assists without any sign of slowing down.
As for assists, the only players ahead of Backstrom in this category among active players are Joe Thornton (1,082), Sidney Crosby (782) and Ryan Getzlaf (681).
It won’t be easy, but there is still a distinct possibility that Backstrom will be part of the NHL 1000 Support Club, which only 13 players in league history have done.
That makes sense given his teammate at Ovechkin is one of 20 players to have scored more than 600 goals in an NHL career. Combining Backstrom’s natural playing ability with Ovechkin’s ability to score goals in arguably the most impressive clip of any player in history will amount to individual awards like this.