Nicklas Backstrom and Braden Holtby each expressed his desire to remain with the Washington Capitals for the long term Friday, two days after their bid to repeat as Stanley Cup champions ended with a 4-3 loss in the second overtime to the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference First Round at Capital One Arena.
Each can become an unrestricted free agent after next season.
"Honestly, I haven't really thought about [my contract], but I've played here my whole career, so I would like to stay here," Backstrom said during the Capitals' break-up day. "I love it here. If they want me, it's a two-sided story."
The 31-year-old center had eight points (five goals, three assists) against the Hurricanes after having 74 points (22 goals, 52 assists) in 80 regular-season games. The No. 4 pick in the 2006 NHL Draft, Backstrom has 873 points (231 goals, 642 assists) in 895 games in 12 NHL seasons, all with Washington.
He has one season remaining on a 10-year contract he signed with Washington on May 17, 2010.