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Capitals Star Announces He's Stepping Away From Hockey


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Aaron
November 1, 2023  (10:50)
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Nicklas Backstrom is enduring one of his most challenging seasons, with a meager total of one point across eight games.

His current form is a far cry from his peak during the Capitals' Stanley Cup victory in 2018, and his performance has not justified the terms of his substantial five-year, $46 million contract.

Indefinite Departure from Hockey

«Given my ongoing injury situation, I decided to take some time and step away from the game. This is a difficult decision, but one that I feel is right for my health at this time. I want to thank my teammates, the organization, and fans for their unwavering support throughout this process. I ask for privacy at this time as I determine my next steps and viable options moving forward.»

An injury has led him to an indefinite hiatus from the sport.

Is Retirement on the Horizon?

Though a comeback for Backstrom isn't out of the question, the possibility of retirement seems increasingly likely. At 35, with over $95 million earned and a Stanley Cup triumph under his belt, it may be time to consider if he has reached the finale of his career.
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