Backes suited up in just 22 games this season, recording one goal and five assists.
The good news, after being frequently scratched and eventually waived by Boston, is that Backes chipped in three assists in six contests with Anaheim after being traded in February. It's no secret that the 36-year-old is on the tail end of his career, but with a year remaining on his contract, he could make for an interesting cheap value play in DFS formats next season.
Backes recorded two assists, four PIM and a plus-2 rating in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Senators.
The 35-year-old forward has three helpers in his last three games, which accounts for half of his points this year. Backes has added 33 hits, 33 shots on net and a minus-1 rating in 21 contests between the Bruins and the Ducks. Expect Backes to remain in a fourth-line role with only occasional contributions to the offense.
Backes registered an assist, two shots on goal and two PIM in Friday's 2-1 win over the Maple Leafs.
Backes' assist was his first point in three games with the Ducks, and also his first point since Dec. 5. The 35-year-old forward was acquired from the Bruins as part of the return for Ondrej Kase at the trade deadline. Backes has just four points, 32 shots and 31 hits through 19 appearances this season.
The Bruins dealt Backes, a first-round pick and prospect Axel Andersson to the Ducks in exchange for Ondrej Kase on Friday, Frank Seravalli of TSN.ca reports.
Backes didn't give the Bruins anywhere near what they had hoped to get out of him when they inked the veteran to a five-year deal back in 2016. In order to offload his contract, the B's had to buff the deal with a draft pick and a prospect in exchange for a reasonable return in the form of Kase as Boston makes a run at a championship. Backes may be ticketed for the minors with the Ducks as well, though that hasn't been disclosed at this juncture.
In a statement released by the Bruins on Thursday, GM Don Sweeney relayed that after speaking with Backes, it has been "agreed that it is in the best interest of David and the Bruins for him not to play in Providence at this time."
Sweeney added that Backes, who the team waived earlier in the month, "is fit and able to play, but in order to preserve all potential options for both David and the Bruins moving forward, we have decided this is the best course of action." Prior to the team waiving the 35-year-old for the purposes of sending him to the AHL, Backes had recorded one goal and three points in 16 games for Boston. It remains to be seen if the veteran power forward will play again this season, but if he does, it doesn't appear it will be for the Bruins organization.
The Bruins tabbed Backes for waivers Friday for the purposes of sending him to the AHL.
Backes has been a shell of his former self this season, collecting just three points while averaging only 8:33 of ice time in the 16 games he's drawn into. He remains under contract for one more season, though it's unlikely his production will spike anytime soon as the veteran's career winds down.
Backes skated 8:35 with one hit and one block in Thursday's 5-4 win over Winnipeg.
It was only Backes' second time in the lineup over the past nine games. Even when Backes gets in games his ice time rarely reaches double digits -- he has averaged 8:33 in his 16 contests. This could be Backes' last season with the Bruins if the team decides to buy out the final year of his contract, which seems likely considering how little he's been used.
Backes picked up an assist in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Blackhawks on Thursday.
After receiving a pass at center ice, Backes got by two Blackhawks skaters and threw a low shot on goalie Robin Lehner that spit out to Joakim Nordstrom for the Bruins' first goal of the game. Backes has two points in three games since coming back from an upper-body injury that kept him sidelined for 14 contests. However, he already looks to be the odd man out with the return of Brett Ritchie (infection), as he wasn't skating on a regular line Friday morning.
Backes scored a power-play goal that was the difference maker in a 3-1 win over Montreal on Sunday.
Playing the bumper role on a Boston power play in the third period, Backes fired home his first goal of the year, beating a screened Carey Price to put the hosts ahead 2-1. The Bruins would add another to hand the Canadiens their eighth straight defeat. Backes, 35, only has two points in nine appearances in 2019-20, so don't expect him to find the scoresheet very often, especially while he's averaging just 8:22 of ice time per night.
Backes (upper body) has been cleared to rejoin the lineup ahead of Sunday's matchup with Montreal, Joe McDonald of The Athletic reports.
Backes has been sidelined for nearly a month with an upper-body injury, but he's finally been given the green light and should return to a bottom-six role against the Canadiens. The 35-year-old vet is more of a leader in the locker room than a producer on the ice for the Bruins at this stage in his career, so he won't be a viable fantasy option in 2019-20.
Backes (upper body) returned to practice in a non-contact sweater Saturday, Fluto Shinzawa of The Athletic reports.
Backes is clearly making progress in his recovery, but there's still no timeline for his return. The veteran forward will need to be cleared for contact before rejoining the lineup, so expect another update on his status once that occurs.
Backes (upper body) was placed on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 2, per the NHL's official media site.
Coach Bruce Cassidy confirmed Backes won't play Tuesday against the Panthers, and he's unsure of when the 35-year-old will be ready to return, according to Matt Porter of The Boston Globe. Brett Ritchie (upper body) is out as well, so Zachary Senshyn will remain with the big club and work on the third line for the time being.
Backes (upper body) won't play in Sunday's game against Philadelphia, Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Backes has missed the last three games with the upper-body injury. The veteran has been reportedly "feeling better" but still doesn't have a timetable for a return.
Backes (lower body) won't travel to Detroit for Friday's game against the Red Wings.
Backes has already missed Boston's last two games with an upper-body injury and now appears to be dealing with a separate, lower-body issue. The veteran forward is currently undergoing additional testing, so at this point there's no telling when he might be ready to rejoin the lineup.
Backes (upper body), as expected, won't play in either of the Bruins' next two games, Conor Ryan of MassLive.com reports.
Backes has served as a healthy scratch periodically this season, so his absence from the lineup is unlikely to affect the majority of fantasy owners. The Minneapolis native could struggle for minutes even once cleared to play. In his stead, Cameron Hughes will make his NHL debut versus the Penguins on Monday.
Coach Bruce Cassidy said Sunday that Backes (upper body) is doubtful to play in either of the team's games Monday or Tuesday.
Backes was forced to leave Saturday's game after colliding with Scott Sabourin, and was suspected to suffer a concussion. Cassidy went on to say that Backes was checked out by team doctors Sunday morning, so it's likely the team didn't hear good news. If the veteran doesn't play the next two games, Brett Ritchie (undisclosed) is back to skating and could slot in to the lineup as the fourth-line right winger.
Backes (upper body) is suspected to have a concussion after a collision with Scott Sabourin of the Senators in Saturday's game, Joe Haggerty of NBC Sports Boston reports.
It was unclear why Backes left the game initially. While nothing is certain regarding the veteran's status, he may have ended up suffering a serious injury on the same play that resulted in Sabourin being stretchered off the ice. Backes has a history with concussions, so if that is in fact the injury, the Bruins will be careful with managing his return to action.
Backes (upper body) left Saturday's game versus Ottawa after colliding with Scott Sabourin in the first period, Conor Ryan of MassLive.com reports.
Backes and Sabourin collided in the neutral zone, with Sabourin getting the worst of it and having to be removed from the ice on a stretcher. There has been no word yet on why Backes left, whether it had to do with an injury of his own or to just support Sabourin, but expect the Bruins to update Backes' situation after the game.
Backes picked up his first point of the season -- an assist -- in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Sharks.
Backes has been in and out of the lineup this season, but with injuries to Joakim Nordstrom (infection) and Karson Kuhlman (leg), he has skated the last two games on the fourth line. The line worked well against San Jose, as Backes' pass sent Chris Wagner on a breakaway for a goal midway through the second period.
Backes had three shots on goal, a hit and a penalty during 12:08 of ice time in Tuesday's 4-3 win over Vegas.
After sitting out Saturday's game against Arizona, Backes was back on the fourth line. Expect the 35-year-old to pop in and out of the lineup as head coach Bruce Cassidy tries to find the best plan of attack for his right wingers.
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