Originally Posted by SoCalBronco
That is disappointing (Backstrom). I thought he was the most ready of the top offensive prospects? AO definitely is ready to captain the team.
I'd actually prefer Backstrom stayed over to separate his and Ovechkin's UFA year by 2 seasons now. It's not like NB will be the difference between making and missing the playoffs this season, if he doesn't think he's ready, give him another year to prepare. I also don't want to see Ovechkin given the "C" in his 2nd year. Give him an "A" for a year or two first.