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Capitals' Backstrom: no concussion, ready to go

by AP posted Jan 11 2013 4:13PM



ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom says he doesn't have a concussion and is ready for the start of the truncated NHL season.


Backstrom was back on the ice for an informal skate at the Capitals' facility Friday after visiting a specialist in Michigan.


The team's top center missed 40 games with a concussion last season, and there was concern he had suffered another one last month when he took a hit while playing in Russia during the lockout.


Backstrom said the specialist found "nothing serious" - mainly stiffness in the neck.


He smiled as he said: "No concussion - so we can all be calm."


The Capitals plan to open training camp Sunday, once the players have approved the new collective bargaining agreement.

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01/11/2013 4:13PM
Capitals' Backstrom: no concussion, ready to go
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