Nicklas Backstrom is close to a new deal. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Nicklas Backstrom wants to dominate in DC Long Term. The Russian Machine approves. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Nicklas Backstrom is probably the best center in hockey now, but we’ve been worried about what will become of him next season. Well, not anymore.

As Swedish site Expressen.se reports, Backstrom is very close to a new deal with the Caps, in which the details are being finalized now. According to the Swedes, the Caps will retain Backstrom for 7-10 years, earning 5.5 to 6 million per year. Backstrom’s agent characterizes the deal:

You should understand that the new contract must match the level of a player who will become a superstar.

Express.en says the deal is close to being done and should be finalized this week. If it’s not, the Russian Machine is prepared to scribble the thing out in Sharpie pen and run the contract over to Backy’s house ourself.

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