Nicklas Backstrom to travel with Caps to Boston; return imminent? (Update: Nope)

After the big news about how Nicklas Backstrom has put the worst behind him in his recovery from a concussion, he’s cleared another big step.’s Chuck Gormley reports Backstrom will join the Caps on their trip to Boston to face the Bruins on Thursday night. Curious part of this is that the Caps’ “road trip” is just a one-game jaunt to Beantown.

Considering that Backstrom is now practicing with the team and the fact that the Capitals are now trailing the Sabres in the chase for the playoffs, getting Backstrom back sooner than later would give the team a major weapon to help them get back into eighth in the East.

Caps GM George McPhee said yesterday that it was up to Backstrom when he’s ready to come back and hitting the road with the team for a one game trip sure makes it seem like he’ll be ready to go against the Bruins. After all, why have him travel for one game when the Caps will back at home on Saturday night to play Montreal.

UPDATE (11:47 a.m.): Gormley reports coach Dale Hunter says Backstrom will not play against Boston.

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