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David Backes | Center | #42

Team: Boston Bruins
Age / DOB:  (32) / 5/1/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 221
College: Minnesota State U-Mankato
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 2 (62) / STL
Contract: view contract details

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Bruins coach Claude Julien isn't ready to rule David Backes (elbow) out for Saturday's game.
Backes underwent an elbow procedure and Bruins GM Don Sweeney said that his condition will be updated after the weekend, so it would be surprising if he does play Saturday. That being said, the fact that Julien considers Backes questionable for Saturday's contest could be an indication that Backes isn't expected to miss much time due to this injury. Oct 26 - 12:46 PM

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David Backes' undisclosed injury is an elbow condition.

"David Backes underwent the removal of the olecranon bursa from his elbow on Monday, October 24. His condition will be updated after the weekend," Bruins GM Don Sweeney explained. In other words, Backes should be ruled out for Wednesday and Saturday's games at the least. The Bruins have called up Austin Czarnik to provide them with another forward while Backes is unavailable.
Oct 26 - 12:07 PM

David Backes (undisclosed) won't play Tuesday night.

Coach Claude Julien called Backes' injury "a minor issue." Backes is listed as day-to-day.
Oct 25 - 2:33 PM

David Backes is expected to return to right wing alongside David Krejci when Patrice Bergeron is ready to return to the lineup.

The move should help out Krejci, who has been held to an assist and three shots in the first three games of the season. The duo could be joined by Matt Beleskey.
Oct 19 - 9:41 AM

David Backes cut up his right hand on Toronto center Nazem Kadri's visor Saturday night, but he appears to be fine.

He stayed in the game after his first-period fisticuffs. Backes had fighting majors against Kadri, Jonathan Toews and Jamie Benn last season en route to 83 penalty minutes. He has three points in two games with the Bruins this year.
Oct 17 - 9:34 AM

David Backes notched two goals and one assist in his Bruins debut Thursday night.

He played between Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak in the contest after Patrice Bergeron was unable to dress because of a lower-body injury. The trio of Backes, Marchand and Pastrnak combined for 12 points in a 6-3 win over Columbus. Each member of the line tallied two goals apiece. "For David Backes to step in there and replace one of the best forwards in the league and to have instant chemistry on the line was important," coach Claude Julien said. "All three of them played extremely well and it was nice to see we were able to come through with a win when you're missing a guy like Bergeron."
Oct 14 - 7:19 AM

David Backes is projected to play between Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak on Thursday night.

The Bruins won't have Patrice Bergeron (lower body) in the lineup for their season opener, so Backes fill in and serve as a center after it looked look he was pegged to be a winger to start the year.
Oct 12 - 2:07 PM

David Backes skated with David Krejci and Ryan Spooner at training camp.

Austin Czarnik's concussion could change that line going into the year, but it remains intact then Backes and Spooner will start as wingers rather than playing in the middle. Boston feels they can move Backes up and down the lineup, while posting him at center or on the wing, so he could have several different roles and linemates this year.
Oct 12 - 9:40 AM

David Backes enjoyed a strong Saturday night for the Boston Bruins in their 4-3 shootout win in a preseason contest against the Philadelphia Flyers.

The firm of David Backes and David Pastrnak enjoyed quite a night. Pastrnak scored two goals and one assist while Backes racked up a trio of helpers. Backes is an intriguing fit for Boston in 2016-17.
Oct 1 - 11:54 PM

David Backes understands that he could shuffle between linemates and positions in 2016-17.

It's believed that he may start on the wing with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand, but he also could play center at times against larger lineups. "It's not going to be something that's set in stone," said Backes. "I think it will be an adjustment. Whatever [coach] Claude [Julien] thinks is necessary . . . when you're playing with good players, I think the old NHL maybe you were stuck in your lane and you just went up and down the wall, but [these days] it's pretty dynamic and fluid."
Jul 28 - 11:39 AM

David Backes feels like the Bruins are a perfect fit for him.

Backes left the Blues and joined the Bruins as a free agent on July 1st. He feels like Boston plays a style that he can appreciate. "From my time playing against Boston and my history with the team, it’s a blue-collar, hard-nosed, don’t-take-crap-from-anybody type of team and that’s kind of the way that I feel I’ve built my game in 10 years in the league," said Backes. "And I think it will be a seamless fit that will fill a few holes or deficiencies that, through the interview process, were identified and are strengths of mine, in all facets of the game — 5-on-5, power play, penalty kill. It just seemed like an awesome fit, hockey-wise and the more I learn about the New England area and the family life there, that seems like a match made in heaven as well."
Jul 3 - 10:39 AM

David Backes ultimately didn’t return to the Blues because they didn’t agree to a fifth year on his contract.

The Bruins signed him to a five-year, $30 million contract on Day 1 of free agency. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford says that St. Louis was close on the Bruins’ annual average value. Backes said the Blues wanted him to take a four-year deal then operate year-to-year. "If you can’t agree on term, and both sides are pretty stuck on term, I don’t know how you get a three-quarter year or a half year ... to find a happy medium there," Backes said. "It wasn’t like, 'Hey, we’re a half-million dollars away, let’s meet in the middle and stop this lunacy.' That’s a very bridgeable gap that wouldn’t be a question. But when it’s term ..."
Jul 3 - 12:01 AM

It is not clear at this point whether recently-signed David Backes will play predominently as a center or as a right winger for the Bruins.

Backes is capable of playing both positions more than competently. The original thought was that he would play the wing with David Krejci, but it seems if the flank is where he will end up, it will likely be alongside Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. On the other hand, Backes, who like Krejci and Bergeron is a right-handed pivot, could be destined to play in the middle. In that scenario some are speculating that Krejci could be traded for the puck-moving defenseman the Bruins need. Stay tuned.
Jul 2 - 8:44 AM

Updating a previous report, the Boston Bruins gave David Backes a modified no movement clause in his new deal.

Backes will have a full NMC until May 31st, 2019, an eight-team NTC in 2019-20, and a 15-team NTC in 2020-21. The clauses are just an added safety net for Backes as he will have complete control on where he will play hockey until the end of the 2019 season.
Jul 1 - 9:06 PM

The Boston Bruins have signed David Backes to a five-year/$30 million deal.

It was first reported that Backes signed a one year deal but it was apparently a five-year pact. He likely will end up on one of the top two lines and while he has been a diminishing fantasy asset the last couple of years, this could revitalize him and get him back to the 25 goal, 50 point mark. He is worth a late middle round pick in most pools.
Source: Sportsnet
Jul 1 - 12:31 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Patrice Bergeron
2David Krejci
3David Backes
4Ryan Spooner
5Austin Czarnik
6Dominic Moore
7Tim Schaller
LW1Brad Marchand
2Matt Beleskey
3Frank Vatrano
4Noel Acciari
RW1David Pastrnak
2Jimmy Hayes
3Riley Nash
4Danton Heinen
5Brian Ferlin
D1Torey Krug
2Zdeno Chara
3Adam McQuaid
4John-Michael Liles
5Kevan Miller
6Joe Morrow
7Colin Miller
8Brandon Carlo
G1Tuukka Rask
2Anton Khudobin
3Malcolm Subban
4Zane McIntyre