According to several sources, the Caps may have have dodged a potentially playoff-hope-ending bullet, with news that superstar Swedish center Nicklas Bäckström is back on the ice, skating with the team at an informal practice today.
Bäckström appeared in 19 games for Dynamo Moscow, scoring 10 goals and 25 assists, but had not played since December 26 with a bruised neck.
Naturally, the fear was that the center may have suffered another concussion, especially frightening after his scary episode a year ago.
He returned from Russia this past week, but spent the last couple of days visiting a specialist in Michigan. It looks like the news might have been good. The hope now is that Bäckström is fit to start training camp with the Caps on Sunday.