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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 01/23/2012

Updated: Nicklas Backstrom skates briefly in his first time on the ice since Jan. 6

Update: 1:46 p.m.: Coach Dale Hunter said that Backstrom will remain in Washington during the upcoming All-Star break to continue working on his rehab with the team’s head athletic trainer Greg Smith.

Backstrom has been taking part in off-ice workouts and Hunter said it was a positive sign for the center to be on the ice.

Original post: Nicklas Backstrom skated for five minutes Monday at KCI in what was the center’s first appearance on the ice in 17 days.

The 24-year-old Swede was wearing warmups, not any of his full gear or pads, for the brief skate that did not involve anything strenuous. Given the length and intensity of Backstrom’s stint on the ice, it’s tough to gauge his progress at this stage.

Backstrom, who hasn’t skated since Jan. 6, has been out indefinitely with a concussion suffered when he was elbowed by then-Calgary forward Rene Bourque on Jan. 3.

Backstrom took part in two practices in the three days after he absorbed the elbow and both the center and Coach Dale Hunter expressed optimism at that time that he might not miss a game.

But after his practice on Jan. 6 in San Jose, the mood altered sharply and it appears as though Backstrom suffered a setback.

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