Nicklas Backstrom is doing something not a lot of players in the NHL do these days. He’s negotiating his own contract extension. Feeling as though his history with the organization and his keeping a close eye on how the process works throughout his NHL career, Backstrom figures he can get himself a good deal with the Capitals this summer and stay where both he and the team would like him to be.
Samantha Pell of the Washington Post reports that both Backstrom and the Caps are talking things out and trying to find common ground on a new deal. It’s not money that seems to be holding things up, but term.
The sticking point in negotiations is contract length, not money, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Backstrom is meeting directly with General Manager Brian MacLellan to negotiate, and both parties have made it clear they want Backstrom to stay in Washington.
Pell notes that Backstrom is looking for a five-year extension and that Capitals are more interested in a three-year deal. She adds that Backstrom hasn’t checked around the NHL to see if five years is realistic based on comparables, but he’s not looking to negotiate another contract anytime soon and would rather find something that takes him closer to the end of his NHL career.
His plan? Just talk it out with the Capitals and hope it’s an easy process.
“We can just have a normal conversation, and that is what we are having. So, that’s it,” he said. “Either it is going to be done or they will be going the other direction, I don’t know,” added the dynamic center.
This season, Backstrom has 27 points (eight goals, 19 assists) through 28 games this season and over his career has 900 points in 923 games. The Capitals do not want to go in another direction.
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