Washington Capitals pivot Nicklas Backstrom is in line to earn big bucks with his next contract. Reports out of Washington are saying that Backstrom, who’s been piling up points due to his high-end skill and meshing with Alex Ovechkin, could be in line to pull a contract worth anywhere from $5.5 million to $6.5 million a year.

There’s no word yet on how contract negotiations are going, but Backstrom’s contract is up at the conclusion of this season and a new deal will need to be in place if the Caps are considering the player as a part of the equation for victory.

It would be silly to drop the ball on Backstrom, as he gives the team loads of insurance should Ovechkin hit an injury or a dry spot and he serves as a nice balance between Ovie and Alexander Semin.

“We’ll see what happens,” Backstrom told the Washington Post. “I still have (this) year on my contract. All I can say is I’m happy to play for the Capitals. I like the city and it’s a great group of guys here. I’m just focused on this season. If they want to sign me, that’s great.”

Backstrom is just 21 years of age, too, and has tremendous upside to his career. He often gets lost in the fray of media attention over Ovechkin, but Backstrom possesses a skill set that can’t be beat in today’s NHL. The scary thing is that he’ll only get better.

Posted by Jordan Richardson.