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Is a Nicklas Backstrom Contract Extension Close?

Per Aftonbladet, the Caps may be close to signing Nicklas Backstrom to a long-term deal that could be announced following the Olympic break.

The team knows that he will be a super star for many years to come and they want him signed throughout the rest of his career according to a source.

According to the article, the team is seeking a deal that would keep Nick in D.C. through 2020-2021, but Backstrom's agent is looking for a five-year deal (which certainly would seem like a sizable gap for something that's allegedly imminent).

A Caps official said the team has no comment on the report.

(h/t Ice Warrior on the tip and the translation)