Update, 11:23 a.m.: The Capitals have confirmed that Nicklas Backstrom is in Sweden but say that it is not to see a specialist about his concussion.
Rather, Backstrom was given time to visit with his family and get away from being around the team on a daily basis, according to a Capitals spokesman. Last month when he met with reporters in Washington, Backstrom said it has been tough for him to come to the practice facility regularly yet not have any indication of when he might skate or play again.
Backstrom has been in Sweden for a little more than a week already and is not expected to return until Sunday.
Last season, when Mike Green was sidelined with a concussion, he too was given the opportunity to get away from the daily hockey grind and return home.
Original post: Nicklas Backstrom is in Sweden to see a specialist about the concussion that has kept him out of the lineup for 27 games, according to a report by Swedish newspaper Expressen.
Via the powers of Google translate, the Expressen report states that it is a short trip and Backstrom is expected to be back in the United States on Wednesday. Thanks to Malin Andersson for calling attention to the story.
The Capitals have not yet commented on Expressen’s report.
Backstrom suffered a concussion on Jan. 3, when he was elbowed to the head by then-Calgary forward Rene Bourque. The 24-year-old center hasn’t played since, and over the past 59 days he has only been on the ice for five minutes. There is no timetable for Backstrom’s return and it’s uncertain if he will be able to play again this season.