According to a translation of this Swedish paper:
Nicklas Backstrom and Anton Stralman have both decided they will be playing in the NHL next season. The negotiations with both NHL clubs started yesterday.
"That’s right," says agent Gunnar Svensson, "Both players have given me the 'go-ahead' to begin negotiations with their respective NHL-teams." Brynas and Timra (the duo’s previous clubs) received word yesterday that they will not be getting their young superstars/talents back for another season.
"It could be as quick as days or it could take months for negotiations to be finalized but seeing as the interest from Washington (Backstrom) and Toronto (Stralman) is huge, I'm pretty confident that we’ll reach an agreement soon, says Gunnar Svensson (agent of both players)."
Take it with the requisite grain of salt, but if true this is obviously great news. Given the relative ease of entry-level contract negotiations, there would be no reason not to expect Backstrom in Caps camp in the fall.Hat tip to HD89 on the translation and ComebackKono3 on the link.