Backstrom is optimistic he will return to Capitals this season after surgery

Arlington, Virginia – Niklas Backstrom He is optimistic he will play for the Washington Capitals at some point this season after recovering from resurfacing surgery on his left hip, but there is no timeline for his return.

“I’m going to start by saying I’m pain-free,” the center said Thursday, the first day of training camp. “No more pain I felt before. I feel good. I am in the gym training, doing my rehabilitation. So far, I am very optimistic that I will be playing before the end of the season.”

The 34-year-old missed his first 28 games last season to rehabilitate his hip joint and came back to score 31 points (six goals and 25 assists) in 47 games. After dealing with pain in his hip for the past two seasons, Backstrom underwent surgery on June 17.

“It changed my life in everyday life,” he said. “Just to pick up socks, tie my shoes, things like that – and play with my kids. I couldn’t really do that. Functionally it helped me a lot, and I’m happy with that. That part, I feel great. Now this is just the next step to get me back on the ice” .

Backstrom hasn’t started skating and is focusing on cardio and strengthening work.

“Physically I know he’s feeling really good now just doing the everyday things,” General Manager Brian McClellan said. “I think it’s going to be a long progression and we’ll see how skating affects him, the strength in how he comes back, the mobility, how he’s coming back and how he’s going to be able to use it in game situations. So, I think that’s going to be a long way to go, but we’ll see how it goes.”

straight ahead Tom WilsonHe, who underwent surgery on May 24 to reconstruct a torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the start of the season, said his recovery is going well. Neither Wilson nor McClellan provided an update on his schedule for the comeback; Capitals said in May that Wilson would need 6-8 months to recover.

“I feel good,” Wilson said. “I feel like I’ve been ahead of the schedule per se from day one, but that doesn’t mean much unfortunately. Obviously, I want to be as good as I can every day, but you still have to wait.”

Wilson said there is no timetable for when the skating will start. Injured while trying to hit a defensive man in Florida Panthers Mackenzie and jealous In the first round of the Eastern Conference’s first round on May 3, he missed the rest of the Top 7 series, which Florida won in six games.

“There was definitely – we weren’t putting up a smoke screen – in our heads we were going to do everything in our power to recover [in the series]”And there were two big tests on the ice where it didn’t happen, so we had to stop it,” Wilson said. “

The 28-year-old scored his highest in the National Hockey League, scoring 24 goals, 28 assists and 52 points last season, his ninth in the league, in 78 games.

straight ahead TJ O’Shea She revealed on Thursday that she had undergone a major operation early in the off-season. He did not take part in the ski test on Thursday but said he expects to be on the ice on Friday. The 35-year-old scored 25 points (11 goals and 14 assists) in 44 games last season.

straight ahead Karl Hagelinwho was working on a comeback from a left eye injury sustained when he hit a blade during practice on March 1, did not take part in the ski test.

“He has a lower body injury that needs to be addressed, and we’re working on the last bits of it right now,” McClellan said. “It will be out indefinitely.”

Hagelin previously said that the choroid in the back of his eye had ruptured and that he would never regain full vision in his eye.

“I think he’s still getting better, so he’s inconclusive at this point where he is,” McClellan said of Hagelin’s vision. “He’ll have some time here, because of the other thing that’s going on, to heal and see where to go.”

The 34-year-old scored 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) in 53 games last season.

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