Niklas Backstrom and Tom Wilson are back in the snow for the first time since their surgeries

Washington Capitals received some good news on Wednesday. star ahead Niklas Backstrom And the Tom Wilson He’s back on the ice at MedStar Capitals Iceplex.

Tariq Al-Bashir SportsThe skates were light – both players were in track suits – but most importantly it was the first step towards getting back into the team.

Matt Weirish of NBC Sports Washington Post a clip of their ski boots.

whirish addedAnd Backstrom and Wilson “are not yet ready to fully resume skating and it will take a few more days before they do it again.”

Wilson is recovering from major knee surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left leg. During bootcamp, Wilson said he was ahead of his knee rehab schedule, but admitted that doesn’t mean much to his schedule when he returns.

“Everything was fine, it was very smooth,” Wilson said of his rehab. “[The injury] It’s one of those things where you can be ahead of schedule, but still need to wait… I feel like I’ve been kind of ahead of schedule, per se, since day one. This doesn’t mean much, unfortunately. Obviously I want to be as good as I can every day (at work) but you still have to wait.”

Wilson was waiting to get back on the ice until both of his legs had equal strength. The striker’s first streak is looking to return around December.

“I think I could probably skate,” Wilson said, “but until your legs are alike and your muscles are alike, (I won’t).” “I’m going to do enough skating, enough sack skating, enough stuff on the snow before I come back. What’s more useful to me this morning (I do) and now the snow is not. When I’m on the snow, that will be the most useful day For me to be on the ice.”

Meanwhile, Backstrom is recovering from major hip surgery. While he hopes to return this season, his future remains uncertain due to the complex nature of his surgery and Mixed results achieved by other athletes in professional sports.

“I had hip joint surgery eight years ago, and then I felt good for a few years,” Backstrom said in August. But since then the situation has only gotten worse. I’ve had problems for years. It’s hard to describe, it kind of stings. I had difficulty walking. It was difficult to put on socks and tie my shoes. It was kind of a mess and frustration – well to say it. Fighting through the pain wasn’t fun. She entered the rink lame and skating was easier than walking. My family took the hit. I couldn’t even play with my kids. It was very difficult.

“My hat ball was uneven causing pain,” Backstrom continued. “Now the cover ball is cut in half and I have like a metal coat around. He protects it in the hatch. I feel really good now. We’ll see what it’s like when the matches get more intense this winter. It’s really amazing, stuff [the doctors] are able to do.”

At the training camp, Backstrom He was an optimist and revealed he was pain-free for the first time in years.

Behind the scenes, Backstrom has been hard at work with his personal trainer Andreas Ugren off the ice. Öhgren traveled from his native Sweden and stayed in the capital last month to help out the veteran centre. A source tells RMNB that Backstrom is personally targeting an early return in 2023, but it is not known if that is possible.

When Backstrom and Wilson return, the team will have to make some moves to get around the salary cap. Combined, players account for $14.3 million in maximum hits.

Banner photo: Elizabeth Kong/RMNB

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