Backstrom will be one of three players that see their contracts expire after the 2024-2025 season, joining Evgeny Kuznetsov and T.J. Oshie. The Capitals' center reportedly negotiated his own contract, as he continues to quietly be one of the most productive players in franchise history. He ranks second in franchise history with 908 career points, only behind Alex Ovechkin's 1,255.
A majority of those points have come on the assist, and proof of that comes from him ranking first in franchise history with 668 career assists, and he has at least 50 assists in six consecutive seasons. Now that he is taken care of, the Caps continue to face the issue of having too much talent, including Braden Holtby and Alex Ovechkin. Holtby will need a new contract after this season, while Ovechkin sees his expire after the 2020-2021 campaign. For now, Washington will focus on making the most of the season, where they rank first in the Metropolitan Division with 67 points.