Nicklas Backstrom hasn't played in a game since taking that elbow to the head from Rene Bourque back on January 3. And while the Caps got some measure of closure by (theoretically) taking Bourque to task last night in Montreal, the effects of the hit linger for the Caps' top pivot.
Backstrom recently spoke to Swedish news outlet Aftonbladet about his recovery, and here's the translation of some of what he had to say:
"I’m 'day-to-day' as they say over here, right now. We haven’t really talked much yet about when I can get back on the ice."
"I would be lying if I told you that I have felt 100% fine since it happened, but I don’t have any headaches anymore and I don’t feel nauseous anymore either."
"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."
The worst thing is the restlessness - he’s not even attending the games at the the Verizon Center, instead he has to watch the games from home.
"The only thing I can do is to just lie here on the couch and try to get better. It's incredibly frustrating, I get so restless, my body just itches to do something. But there's nothing else to do but wait."
Hat tip to Malin on the link and translation