Christian Backman

D / Florida Panthers / EXP: YRS Height: Weight: lb Age: College: None

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  • Backman hoping to sign with Panthers

    News: The Sun Sentinel reports the Panthers have invited free agent defensemen Martin Skoula and Christian Backman to training camp. Neither player has signed a contract, but both will be in camp when it opens Sunday.
    Analysis: Backman really has to prove himself after a down season with Columbus in 2008-09. He has 302 NHL games under his belt and could definitely provide some depth for Florida, but even if he makes the squad, he will have minimal Fantasy appeal Draft Day.
  • Backman didn't impress in '08-09

    News: The Sports Xchange reports it's too easy to pick on defenseman Christian Backman, and -- to be fair -- not much was expected from him when he came to the Blue Jackets in an offseason deal with the New York Rangers. Backman was a throw-in, helping the Rangers get salary cap relief. Still, it was hard to watch him play without wondering who in the world signed him to a $3.4 million contact. He looked nervous, indecisive and not very skilled -- three bad character traits for an NHL defenseman.
    Analysis: Backman is set to become a free agent July 1 and it's unlikely we will see him back in a Columbus uniform next season. Backman appeared in just 56 games last season, many times a healthy scratch, recording two goals and five assists. He had 18 points in each of the previous four seasons. Backman is likely to sign with someone, but he still is more of a defensive player. He has minimal Fantasy appeal Draft Day.
  • Backman ends 40-game drought

    News: The Sports Xchange reports Blue Jackets D Christian Backman ended a 40-game drought without a goal when he scored the overtime winner Saturday vs. San Jose. He's scored two goals this season, both vs. San Jose.
    Analysis: Backman has played just 10 times since January and has been in coach Ken Hitchcock's doghouse for quite a long time. If he keeps being productive when he gets ice time, that could change. For now, he is not worth the time of day in Fantasy.
  • Backman put on alert

    News: The Sports Xchange reports D Ole-Kristian Tollefsen might get more playing time in the wake of the Blue Jackets' trade for C Jason Williams. With Williams able to play the point, its easier to scratch D Christian Backman.
    Analysis: Backman has been a regular in the Blue Jackets lineup this season, but hasn't recorded a point since Oct. 24. It's not hard to see why Columbus is frustrated with him. Backman has not had a good first season in Columbus and has little to no Fantasy appeal.
  • Backman benched against Ducks

    News: The Sports Xchange reports Blue Jackets D Christian Backman was a healthy scratch for the first time this season Sunday against the Ducks. He doesn't have a point since Oct. 24.
    Analysis: Backman, making $3.4 million in the final year of his contract, was acquired in the off-season trade that sent Nikolai Zherdev and Dan Fritsche to the Rangers for defenseman Fedor Tyutin and Backman. He started his Columbus career with a three-game point streak, but he has just one point in his next 22 contests. It's not hard to see why Columbus put him on the bench. Backman doesn't have a lot of offensive skill and can be ignored in Fantasy.
  • Backman draws power play Tuesday

    News: Columbus D Christian Backman (lower body) was able to get into Tuesday's game vs. Vancouver in which the Blue Jackets won 4-2. Backman spent 15:55 on the ice and was minus-1. He didn't take any shots on goal or score any points but did draw a power play for his team when Henrik Sedin was called for hooking him in the 1st period.
    Analysis: Backman has gotten off to a nice start in his Columbus career with one goal and two assists in four games. He is off to a way better start than when he was with the Blues or Rangers. Perhaps Ken Hitchcock knows how to get the most out of Backman. He is a low-end Fantasy option at this time.
  • Backman day to day with injury

    News: Blue Jackets defenseman Christian Backman missed Saturday's game against the Predators with a lower body injury. He is day to day and questionable for Tuesday against the Canucks.
    Analysis: Backman has gotten off to a nice start in his Columbus career with one goal and two assists in four games. He is off to a way better start than when he was with the Blues or Rangers. Perhaps Ken Hitchcock knows how to get the most out of Backman. Continue to keep tabs on his progress, but right now he is a low-end Fantasy option when healthy. Consider him an injury-risk start Fantasy Week 3 (Oct. 20-26).
  • Backman settles in with Jackets

    News: Blue Jackets D Christian Backman scored a power-play goal during Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Sharks. Backman scored on a slap shot past Evgeni Nabokov in the second period. It was his first goal as a member of the Blue Jackets.
    Analysis: Backman has at least one point in each of his first three games with Columbus and is off to a way better start than when he was with the Blues or Rangers. Perhaps Ken Hitchcock knows how to get the most out of Backman. Continue to keep tabs on his progress, but right now he is a low-end Fantasy option.
  • Jackets have abundance of defenseman

    News: The Sports Xchange reports one of the interesting plot lines of training camp for the Blue Jackets will be how the defensive pairs will settle. Columbus coach Ken Hitchcock has said he wants to pair Mike Commodore with Jan Hejda and Rostislav Klesla with Fedor Tyutin, but the third pair remains a mystery. In the mix for the two spots are Christian Backman, Kris Russell, Ole-Kristian Tollefsen, Aaron Rome, Clay Wilson and Marc Methot.
    Analysis: It almost seems logicial that Tollefsen will make the team out of camp because he is one of the Blue Jackets' top enforcers. He might not play every night, so that's where the other guys come into play. Regardless, Backman, Russell, Rome, Wilson and Methot are all expected to rotate in 2008-09, so they remain poor Fantasy options. Tollefsen, however, is a viable Fantasy option in leagues that reward heavily for PIM.
  • Zherdev big name in four-player deal

    News: The Blue Jackets traded enigmatic RW Nikolai Zherdev and C Dan Fritsche to the New York Rangers for D Christian Backman and D Fedor Tyutin on Wednesday.
    Analysis: Zherdev put up a career-high 61 points last season. He was only owned in 32 percent of leagues at the beginning of the year, but finished the campaign owned in a solid 87 percent. He is a solid low-end starting forward in most formats and could have an even better season in 2008-09. Tyutin is a decent young blue-liner, but shouldn't be drafted except in the deepest of formats. Fritsche put up only 22 points last season and should continue to be ignored in all leagues. Finally, Backman has never been much of an offensive producer in his four full NHL seasons, so ignore him too. All in all, Zherdev is the only one worth worrying about in this deal.
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