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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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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

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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

The Boston Bruins have signed David Backes to a one-year contract.

No terms have been announced but Backes will give the Bruins the same kind of play that Milan Lucic gave them a couple of seasons ago. 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.
Jul 1 - 12:19 PM

It looks like David Backes will probably end up testing the UFA market.

Blues GM Doug Armstrong is still interested in re-signing Backes, but he thinks the players that are eligible to become unrestricted free agents probably won't be re-signed before July 1. With regards to Backes specifically he said, "It's got to work for David and it's got to work for us. We haven't been able to find that common ground right now." Armstrong suggested that he is willing to include "thank you" money in the contract, presumably to reflect Backes' past service, but only to a point. Losing Backes would be a tough pill to swallow, but he's 32 so any reasonably long-term contract for him at this point runs a higher risk of being detrimental towards the end of that deal.
Jun 18 - 6:29 PM

Signing David Backes is a priority for GM Doug Armstrong, but he isn't sure what will happen.

"I thought this year for sure, the NHL got faster. It just seemed like I came to the rink one day and it was fast, and it seemed to get quicker and quicker. So I think it's trending into a younger-leg game," said Armstrong. "I think David's got a lot of good years left in him, I'd love to keep him here, but it has to work out for David and his family first and foremost and then it has to work into our math equation. But he's a priority." The 32-year-old forward had 21 goals and 45 points in 79 games in 2015-16. Backes can become an unrestricted free agent next month.
Jun 1 - 3:45 PM

David Backes hopes to sign a new deal with St. Louis.

"No question this is home. We've been here 10 years and this is what we consider home. I don't know anything else," said Backes. "Hopefully it all works out, but it is the unfortunate side of sports that guys staying with one team is rare but maybe I'm one of those rare guys. That would be great." He can become an unrestricted free agent in July, but he has said all along that he wants to stay with the only team that he has played for during his NHL career.
May 28 - 3:40 PM

St. Louis star David Backes, who was questionable for Game 5 of the Western Conference Final Monday night because of an upper-body ailment, is indeed in the Blues' lineup against the San Jose Sharks.

Ditto for Blues forward Robby Fabbri, who was dealing with a lower-body injury.
May 23 - 8:05 PM

David Backes (upper body) is skating in the St. Louis Blues' warmup, just as St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said this morning he would.

Robby Fabbri (lower body) is warming up, as well. ESPN hockey insider Pierre LeBrun is saying he would bet both Backes and Fabbri will play in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final against San Jose.
May 23 - 7:43 PM

David Backes (upper body) will take part in Monday's pregame warmup.

However, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock wouldn't say if Backes will play in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final versus San Jose. "We're going to dress the same lineup for warmup that we did the last game," Hitchcock said. "We had two extra forwards in there and one extra (defenseman). No changes, all those players are there. They'll dress for warmup and then we'll run a further evaluation after warmup." Backes played for just 5:34 on Saturday due to an upper-body injury, but he is a possibility to play Monday.
May 23 - 1:12 PM

David Backes didn't play in the second or third periods of Saturday's Game 4 win over the Sharks.

Backes took his final shift of the game late in the first period and stayed on the bench for the rest of the night. It's unclear how he got injured, but there are two theories. He either suffered a head injury after making contact with Sharks defenseman Brent Burns or he suffered a leg injury after losing an edge. The Blues didn't provide much of an update after the game, but Ken Hithchcock did say he expects his captain to be able to play in Game 5.
May 22 - 9:23 AM

David Backes' strong playoff should give him a boost when it comes to any future contract negotiations with the Blues.

Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported in late January that talks between the Blues and Backes had been infrequent since Backes turned down a three-year offer worth about $5.5 million per season. St. Louis may be more interested in keeping him now and that should increase if the team advances in the postseason. It will be interesting to see what the Blues decide.
May 17 - 1:10 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Patrice Bergeron
2David Krejci
3David Backes
4Noel Acciari
5Ryan Spooner
6Dominic Moore
7Sean Kuraly
LW1Brad Marchand
2Matt Beleskey
3Frank Vatrano
4Anton Blidh
RW1David Pastrnak
2Jimmy Hayes
3Riley Nash
4Tyler Randell
5Brian Ferlin
D1Torey Krug
2Zdeno Chara
3Adam McQuaid
4John-Michael Liles
5Kevan Miller
6Joe Morrow
7Colin Miller
G1Tuukka Rask
2Anton Khudobin