Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom has not skated for 13 straight days since suffering a concussion earlier this month when he was elbowed in the head by then-Flames forward Rene Bourque. (Read more here about Washington attempting to get some payback last night.)

General Manager George McPhee said Tuesday that Backstrom is “progressing,” but the team is being careful about not rushing his recovery.

Backstrom echoed that sentiment in an interview with Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet (kindly translated by our friends over at Japers’ Rink this morning), saying that while he doesn’t have headaches or feel nauseous anymore, “I still have to take it easy and rest though. We are being extra cautious, given what has happened with all the concussions in the league this year.”

Backstrom also said it has been “incredibly frustrating” to miss so much time when “the only thing I can do is to just lie here on the couch and try to get better.”

Read more of the interview at Japers’ Rink.

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