Locked out of the NHL and his hometown Swedish Elite League, Nicklas Backstrom is just glad to play hockey.
The Capitals were forced to cancel 10 games in the month of October, including a Halloween visit by Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
With just four players on the ice on Friday, some Capitals are weighing their options of where to go now.
When the players' three proposals were rejected by the owners, the NHL moved closer to having its entire season in peril.
Gary Bettman called Thursday's proposal by the players 'a step backward.'