Capitals GM: Backstrom expected to return 'within the first 10 games'
"I guess we're saying now somewhere within the first 10 games, depending on how he feels," MacLellan told reporters Friday.
Backstrom had hip surgery during the offseason and isn't expected to take part in the preseason.
Backstrom resumed skating last month in a non-contact capacity.
Backstrom notched 78 points, including an NHL-best 60 assists, playing in all 82 games for the Capitals in 2014-15.