The Bruins have signed David Backes to a five-year deal worth $30 million ($6.0M AAV).
Backes spent the first 10 years of his NHL career with the Blues after they drafted him 62nd overall in the 2003 NHL Draft. He had developed into one of the best all-around fantasy centres, but is coming off of a disappointing 45-point (21G / 24A) season, but that did not damage his UFA value. He may shift to the wing in Boston, seeing as their top-2 centre positions are locked in with Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci.
Backes (lower-body) missed Monday’s practice; will need to practice before he returns to the lineup.
Backes’ absence on Monday suggests that he won’t be available for Game 1 on Wednesday, but monitor his status during Tuesday’s practice to be sure. He is expected to be back at some point during the first round. Magnus Paajarvi will take his spot until he is able to go.
Backes (lower-body) will miss the rest of the regular season.
Backes suffered a lower-body injury in Sunday’s win and will miss at least one week. The Blues have three games left in the regular season, so he’ll miss all three and then be re-evaluated prior to the playoffs. Expect Ryan Reaves to draw in for him on Monday.
Backes was moved to the Blues' top line on Monday.
Backes has spent the majority of the season playing alongside mediocre wingers, but on Monday he was moved to the top line with Vladimir Tarasenko and Alex Steen. Backes has just six points (3G / 3A) in 17 games this season, so moving him to the top line should help spark some production.
Backes missed practice on Wednesday, but was on the ice for the Blues morning skate and will play tonight vs. the Islanders. Backes is not 100 percent, but he will wear a protective face shield and do what he can. Backes has 12 points (7G / 5A) in 27 games this season.
Backes was at the rink on Wednesday, but did not practice. Head coach Ken Hitchcock said Backes is still in pain and is doubtful for Thursday’s contest vs. the Islanders. With Backes out, Chris Porter would draw into the lineup and Patrik Berglund would centre a line with T.J Oshie and Alex Steen.
Backes is not out there for practice for the second straight day. He took a puck to the face on Monday vs. the Panthers and could be in danger of missing tomorrow’s game vs. the Islanders. Backes is a tough dude, so I would expect him to play, but monitor his status during Thursday’s morning skate.
Backes left Monday’s game after taking a T.J Oshie shot to the face, but he returned later with a full cage. If he was able to return to the game last night, fully expect to see him in the lineup on Thursday.
Backes has been cleared to play after missing just one game with a concussion that he suffered on Tuesday vs. Dallas. With no lingering concussion-like symptoms, Backes will return and centre the Blues top-line tonight. He has two goals and three assists in eight games this season.
Backes missed Thursday's game with a concussion that he suffered on Tuesday. He likely won't play on Saturday vs. Colorado, but the fact that he is back on the ice already is good news for the Blues and Backes owners. He is day-to-day.
Backes will not play Thursday and has been diagnosed with a concussion.
Backes suffered the concussion on a collision with Trevor Daley on Tuesday. With Backes out, Jori Lehtera will centre the Blues top-line. Backes should be considered day-to-day, but concussions are tricky.