You’re in for a treat. During the Olympic break, Swedish television’s Viasat ran a feature on Washington Capitals center (and gold-medal-game pariah) Nicklas Backstrom. Reporter Frida Nordstrand visited Backstrom’s hometown of Valbo to explore the roots of Washington’s quietest superstar. Nordstrand pored through old photos, talked to Nicky’s family and friends, and revealed more of Backstrom’s personality than we’ve ever seen before.
“I have to give us a failing grade, which is rating harshly. … But we’re past now saying making the playoffs makes for a successful season, and we want to win a Stanley Cup and we haven’t done that.”—Ted Leonsis on the Capitals
“Do I have an issue with it? Probably not. When you’re getting slapped around like that, it’s a response from a frustrated hockey team.”—Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren, who spoke to the team after they gave up 5 goals in the second period on Friday. The Flyers started a brawl after Joel Ward scored in the third.
Since Juniors, Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby has worked hard on his game preparation techniques and on-ice demeanor — both topics in the news this week. We dug up these thoughts from Holtby, excerpted from a Sept 21, 2010 interview at the start of his rookie year:
“I have lots of memories with Washington. They gave me the chance to play in the NHL, you know? So this was a special team for me. I have lots of friends there. I played with great players there, especially the Russian players — Fedorov, Semin, Ovechkin, Kozlov — I mean, that was a great time for me, and I’m so excited to be coming back and to play in the Verizon Center.”—Varly to Dater after the Avs win over Boston on 8/10/2013 (via varlysuperfan)