Aside from giving his prediction for how much longer Alex Ovechkin will play hockey, the major focus of Nicklas Backstrom’s media day was on his expiring contract. With his 10-year deal ending when the 2019-20 season comes to a close, the press wanted to know whether or not conversations had already begun on signing an extension.
Backstrom, in a playful mood, teased the media about his contract situation. “I don’t know. What are you talking about? I was just telling you guys out there, I just signed a 10-year deal. But that was a while ago,” he said. “It felt like it was yesterday, though. Nah, nothing yet. We’ll see what happens.”