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Nicklas Backstrom was placed on long-term injured reserve Tuesday.
The center will be required to miss the first 10 games of the season. Capitals coach Peter Laviolette said Monday that Backstrom has yet to resume skating because of a hip injury that’s bothered him since last season.
“There’s a process that you go through,” Laviolette said. “You start to see guys on the ice, so he was week to week. We’re pushing towards the end of what we said, and I think we’re still evaluating him to see where he’s at.
“I spoke with him today and he is improving.”
Washington opens the season against the New York Rangers on Wednesday (7:30 p.m. ET; TNT). — Tom Gulitti
Brock Boeser will not play the season opener at the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday (10 p.m. ET; SN, ESPN+, NHL LIVE), placed on injured reserve Monday because of an undisclosed injury.
The forward has resumed skating on his own but hasn’t practiced with the Canucks since Sept. 29. He led Vancouver in goals (23) and points (49) in 56 games last season.
General manager Jim Benning said defenseman Travis Hamonic will start the season with Abbotsford of the American Hockey League after clearing waivers Monday. He missed training camp and the preseason for personal reasons. — Kevin Woodley