When the Twitterverse found out that the Caps would make a “significant player announcement”, speculation ran wild:
- Will Brooks Laich retire and become a NASCAR Inside Front Tire Changer?
- Will Samantha Casey become a Red Rocker?
- Will Slapshot become the new sponsor for Muscle Milk?
The answer was revealed today: Nicklas Backstrom has signed a 10-year/$67 million contract extension with the Washington Capitals. I know what you are thinking: “That’s a lot of IKEA furniture!” However, Backstrom was due to become a restricted free agent July 1st, but now my unborn children may have an opportunity to see a Backstrom-to-Ovechkin goal.
A new question presents itself: Is Backstrom one of the biggest bargains in the NHL, or will he be a cap buster for years to come?