A great day for Swedish centers: Caps extend Backstrom, sign Johansson

At the team’s 10:30 press conference at Kettler Capitals Iceplex today, the Washington Capitals announced two recently signed contracts: Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson.

Backstrom re-signed with the team with a 10-year contract worth $6.7 million per year (per Tarik El-Bashir) while the Caps’ 24th overall pick in the 2009 Draft signed his three-year entry level deal and will be the first Cap since Joe Juneau to wear #90 (Per Mike Vogel).

Mean Lars ended his 2009-10 campaign with personal bests in goals, assists, points, plus/minus, and shots on goal and is best summed up by this quote from my wife: “He’s as vital to our success as #8.”

How Swede it is, indeed. I’d say it’s safe to get your #19 sweaters now, everyone.