Nicklas Backstrom C WAS Jan 07 '13

Nicklas Backstrom reportedly flew back to North America on Sunday, according to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.

He suffered a neck bruise on Dec. 26 while playing for Dynamo Moscow in the KHL, but it's unclear if the ailment will hinder him for the start of Washington's training camp or for the beginning of the season. In the translated piece, he expressed his excitement over returning to North America to start playing in the NHL again.

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