Backstrom goes on long-term injured list
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP)
Backstrom has been out with a concussion since Jan. 3, when he elbowed by Rene Bourque in a game against Calgary.
Monday's move is retroactive to Jan. 4 and would give the Capitals about $7.6 million in salary cap space if Backstrom misses the rest of the regular season.
The Capitals expected to be a contender for the Stanley Cup again this season. Instead, they sat in ninth place in the Eastern Conference and third in the Southeast Division as the 3 p.m. EST deadline approached.