Backstrom Signs Huge Deal

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By Jesse Jones

Nicklas Backstrom had a huge year for the Washington Capitals this season.  He had career-highs in goals, 33, and assists, 68.  These 101 points propelled him into fourth in the league in points.  He has also played in every game for the past three seasons.

Backstrom’s performance helped the Caps to a record setting regular season (yes, the playoffs were a complete dissappointment), and he was rewarded with a 10-year, $67 million contract with Washington.

This signing is the second huge deal from the Capitals and general manager George McPhee.  Three years ago, Alexander Ovechkin signed a 13-year, $124 million contract.  Ovechkin and Backstrom are the Caps two best players, and now they are with the team for the next decade.

Yes, the regular season success has not been rewarded with much success in the playoffs, but the front office is doing a great job.  They are bringing in guys that want to win, and have the talent to do so.  Washington was so close to having a championship this year, but couldn’t win when it counted.  Now that they have secured the best two players on the team, maybe other stars from the NHL will see the committment from the front office, and help Washington get its first ever Stanley Cup.

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