Since the NHL is locked out, many players are flocking to the KHL and Nicklas Backstrom is no different. However, Backstrom kind of broke an unwritten rule in the hockey world.
In this photo from Russian hockey writer Pavel Lysenkov's Twitter, @plysenkov, Backstrom is seen wearing the hallowed No. 99 that has been retired by the NHL since Wayne Gretzky's retirement in 1999.
Now, I know that the No. 99 isn't retired in the KHL, but, as an NHL player, Backstrom should know that the number is sacred within the hockey world and really shouldn't be worn by any other player. In fact, only one other player in KHL history has worn 99 and that player has no North American hockey experience, so, I guess you can let that one slide.
Backstrom has a total of 367 career NHL points so far in his first five seasons in the NHL, all with the Washington Capitals. Compare that to Gretzky's totals in his first five years, 914, I'd say Backstrom has a LONG way to go to catch The Great One.