The best team in the NHL vs. the odds at Internet gambling companies made news on Tuesday as the Washington Capitals inked center Nicklas Backstrom to a 10-year, $67 million dollar deal. The Capitals bombed in the playoffs vs. the online gambling NHL odds but they still have a lot of talent with Alex Ovechkin and Backstrom.
Internet gambling companies would probably be happy if Washington was still in the playoffs since a Montreal-Philadelphia series is just not as popular. The Capitals are exciting to watch as they score a lot of goals. They couldn’t win though in the playoffs vs. the online gambling NHL odds.
Washington should be a top team for many years to come with two of the best players in the world locked up for long term deals. Ovechkin and Backstrom combined for 210 points this season which made them the top combination in the league. "We now have two of maybe the top five players in the world playing on our team for many years to come," coach Bruce Boudreau said.
Backstrom was happy to sign a long-term deal since he knows that Ovechkin is in the third year of a $124 million, 13-year deal. "I was thinking that I wanted to play with him," Backstrom said. "Hopefully he'll want to play with me, too. I wanted 10 years; I wanted long term. I think it's good that we're together." Backstrom had 33 goals and 68 assists this past season. He has played in every game the past three years for the Capitals. He will be making $6 million for the next four seasons. The Capitals are spending a lot of money on two players but the investment seems wise. "The risks are that the player doesn't meet expectation with the contract, but I never for one minute with Alex Ovechkin or Nicklas Backstrom think that they won't compete all the way through," general manager George McPhee said. "It sends the right message to our fans and to this franchise that we have outstanding young players who are ready to commit for the rest of their career. You win championship with these kinds of players."
The Capitals also signed 2009 first-round draft pick Marcus Johansson to a three-year for $2.7 million on Monday. The Capitals definitely made moves on Monday that should keep them at or near the top of the standings for many years to come.