Brian MacLellan seems to suggest Nicklas Backstrom is done playing: ‘He made a decision and that’s the way he’s going out’
The Washington Capitals announced center Nicklas Backstrom would be taking a leave of absence from the team over two weeks ago.
Since then, the Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan stated that Backstrom is “unlikely” to play again this season and placed the legendary pivot on long-term injured reserve.
While MacLellan and the Capitals were initially careful with speaking in definites about the future of Backstrom’s career, that appeared to change on Tuesday. MacLellan called in to Jeff Marek’s weekly podcast show and made it pretty clear that he thinks Backstrom’s career in the NHL is over.