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Red Wings release Nils Backstrom

I only picked this photo because I’d like to pose a question to the readers of TPL: what the hell is a seawolf?

The Red Wings no longer hold the rights to their ninth round pick in 2004, Nils Backstrom. The Wings held the rights to the Swedish-born defender until August, 2010, but evidently have decided that he was not in the team’s plans and have allowed him to seek a contract elsewhere.

So sayeth Red Wings Central.

He has been invited to Washington Capitals training camp.

Photo Credit: Michael Dinneen, University of Alaska-Anchorage Athletics.