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David Backes

33-Year-Old Right Wing – Boston Bruins

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Regardless of the effort and grit Backes brings to the table, he'll continue to be measured by the annual $6 million cap hit he carries through the 2020-21 season. At 6-foot-3, 221-pounds, the 33-year-old still brings a power forward skill set to the table, but itís notable ...

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STATUS:  Injured Reserve    INJURY:  Illness    EST. RETURN:  10/26/2017
SHOOTS: Right   HT: 6' 3"   WT: 221   DOB: 5/1/1984
BORN: Minneapolis, Minnesota   DRAFTED: 2nd Rd, #62 Overall in 2003   Show ContractHide Contract


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Signed a five-year, $30 million contract with the Bruins in July of 2016.

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Backes (illness) was moved to injured reserve Monday.

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Season Age League Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM SOG SH% GWG SHG TOI/G G A Pts TOI/G Hits BS
2006-07 22 49 10 13 23 6 37 89 11.2 2 0 2 0 2
2007-08 23 72 13 18 31 -11 99 129 10.1 2 0 3 0 3
2008-09 24 82 31 23 54 -3 165 208 14.9 1 2 17:41 6 5 11 2:33 204 52
2009-10 25 79 17 31 48 -4 106 163 10.4 3 0 18:18 5 3 8 2:31 266 60
2010-11 26 NHL STL 82 31 31 62 32 93 211 14.7 2 0 19:42 5 10 15 2:42 213 40
2011-12 27 NHL STL 82 24 30 54 15 101 234 10.3 4 2 20:00 8 9 17 2:24 226 72
2012-13 28 NHL STL 48 6 22 28 5 62 100 6.0 1 0 19:37 1 4 5 2:14 158 41
2013-14 29 NHL STL 74 27 30 57 14 119 165 16.4 5 0 19:33 10 6 16 2:39 273 56
2014-15 30 NHL STL 80 26 32 58 7 104 183 14.2 3 0 18:38 10 6 16 2:25 227 87
2015-16 31 NHL STL 79 21 24 45 4 83 168 12.5 3 0 19:14 8 5 13 2:30 239 63
2016-17 32 NHL BOS 74 17 21 38 2 69 175 9.7 2 0 17:07 2 5 7 2:08 226 47
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2015-16 19:14 2:30 1:48
2016-17 17:07 2:08 0:32

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David Backes: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Backes has been diagnosed with diverticulitis and will be re-evaluated in approximately two weeks, but is expected to miss at least the next 3-to-4 weeks.

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Backes (illness) won't take part in Thursday's Opening Night contest against Nashville.

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Backes missed Wednesday's practice while feeling under the weather, per coach Bruce Cassidy.

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Backes recorded an assist and dished out three hits Tuesday in a preseason game against the Red Wings.

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Backes scored a goal on his only shot on net and recorded a minor penalty and four hits over 15:16 of ice time during Monday's Game 3 loss to Ottawa.

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Backes opened the scoring in Monday's 4-2 loss against the Maple Leafs.

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Backes (illness) is on the ice for pregame warmups and appears set to play Monday against the Maple Leafs.

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Coach Bruce Cassidy relayed that Backes is "a little under the weather" and is thus a game-time decision for Monday's game against the Maple Leafs, CSN's Joe Haggerty reports.

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Backes (undisclosed) was not spotted at Monday's morning skate, CSN's Joe Haggerty reports.

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Backes, who was shaken up during Wednesday's win over the Flames when he went knee-first into the boards, will test things out in warmups, but he expects to play Thursday night against the Oilers, the Boston Herald reports.

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Backes scored the game-winning goal in 11:44 worth of ice time in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Flames.

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Backes chipped in a goal and an assist at even strength Monday, contributing to a 6-3 road win over the Canucks.

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After bidding adieu to productive winger Loui Eriksson in free agency the Bruins pulled something of a surprising move, inking Backes to a five-year deal worth $6 million annually that is slated to keep the 32-year-old forward in black and gold until heís 38. Regardless of the long-range economic ramifications of the deal, in the short-term, adding the former St. Louis Blues captain looks like a great fit, as the versatile forward brings plenty of grit and leadership to the mix, with the 6-foot-3, 221-pounderís physical style of play sure to be crowd-pleasing in Boston. Of course, with 727 NHL regular season games of rugged play under his belt already, which has led to Backes racking up 969 career PIM, itís fair to wonder how long his prime as a player will extend. Though Backes has scored 31 goals twice in his NHL career, he hasnít broken the 30-goal mark since 2007-08. One key question with regard to his 2016-17 role with the Bruins is where the team plans to line him up and who his linemates will end up being. Backes could either play center or wing, but if he mans the middle, heíd center the teamís No. 3 line as long as both David Krejci and Patrice Bergeron are around and healthy. Itís also possible that he could patrol right wing on a line with either of the two aforementioned pivots


Backes remained one of the league's most productive power forwards in 2014-15, collecting 26 goals, 58 points, 227 hits, and 104 PIM. The multi-category output makes Backes an attractive target in any format that counts some of those peripheral statistics, but in more standard leagues, it's difficult to try and pin down his value. The Blues captain heads into this season with a surprising number of questions about his future role, as coach Ken Hitchcock has openly discussed moving Backes from center to right wing, or even out of the team's top-six forward ranks altogether, if one of the teamís young players or prospects steps up to earn a spot during training camp. It could be a motivational ploy to keep those guys (or Backes) hungry, but it would certainly harm the veteran's offensive potential not to play alongside an excellent scorer like Alex Steen. Backes' situation will bear monitoring during training camp, and he could start to slide down draft boards if he loses his hold on a top-six spot.


Although the spotlight seemed to shine on linemates Alexander Steen and T.J. Oshie more often during the Bluesí 52-win season, Backes was the engine that made everything click, providing leadership, his usual reliable defense, and a superb 27 goals and 30 assists in 74 games. The 57-point output was the second-highest of Backesí career, and a personal best was in sight until a broken toe limited his availability during the seasonís final couple of weeks and seemed to compromise his effectiveness when he returned to action in the playoffs. Now presumably healthy entering his eighth season, Backes wouldnít seem to have much room for growth in the scoring column, especially after the offseason signing of prized center Paul Stastny, who could cut into the captainís ice time. Even with some regression in his point total, expect Backes to carry additional value in specialty leagues, as the feisty veteran is the rare top-line pivot who can score at a high rate and lay the lumber on the opposition (273 hits, 119 PIM in 2013-14).


Backes had a dismal lockout-shortened season last year. The two-time 30-goal scorer mustered only six tallies which amounts to just 10 goals in a full season. But a bounce back season in the forecast. The addition of Maxim Lapierre should allow Backes to focus more on offense and less on defending the other team's top scorers. And the Blues also added center Derek Roy, which has sparked talk of moving Backes to the wing. That could spell multi-position eligibility for a rejuvenated Backes and a return to consistency in all of the fantasy categories.


The captain returns to anchor the Blues' top line. Backes entered the NHL as a right winger, but now brings the same power forward mentality to the center position. He led the Blues with 24 goals last season and tied for the team lead with 54 points. It doesn't really matter who lines up with Backes on the first line, as he has established an on-ice rapport with several wingers. He doesn't get a lot of ink, but Backes produces in several categories while maintaining a good plus-minus ratio for the Blues. He'll be a safe, if under the radar, selection in all fantasy formats, especially leagues that reward penalty minutes.


Backes re-emerged as a scoring threat on the Blues top line in 2010-11, after a 14-goal drop the previous season. He also joined the 30-30-30 club, scoring 31 goals with 31 assists and a plus-32. Weíre seeing a maturing Backes, who showed a good two-way game and reduced the number of penalty minutes taken for the second straight season while still amongst the league leaders in Hits. Heís central to the Blues going forward after signing a five-year extension and is likely to be named a captain this season. Whether he remains at center or right wing, Backes will see first line minutes as well as time on the power play.


It's looking like Backes' 31 goals in 2008-09 was a spike year after he fell back to 17 tallies while his shooting percentage dropped 4.5% last season. At 26, the U.S. Olympian is still young and he's entering the final year of his contract, so there's youth and motivation on his side. The Blues did nothing to upgrade its scoring punch in the offseason, so Backes returns as a top-six forward, most likely skating right wing on the second line.


Backes, 25, is another in an impressive corps of young forwards on the Blues, though he didn't come with the pedigree of the others. He finished second behind Brad Boyes in points (54) and goals (31) in 2008-09. His was a season which, much like the Blues finishing in sixth place, was not expected. He really came alive when coach Andy Murray switched him from right-wing to center. He may not be a big gun this time next year, but he's earned the playing time and the chance to center the first line. His game isn't pretty, but there's value in scoring power forwards. Backes amassed a team-high 165 minutes in penalties (ninth in NHL) and is gold in leagues that reward PIM.


Backes isn't a finesse player which tempers his upside in fantasy leagues but his physical presence will gain him more ice time and responsibility as he enters his 3rd year with the Blues. He hasnít shown the skill that teammate Keith Tkachuk showed at the same age but they play a similar game and Backes should see more time in the slot on the power play this year, especially if Tkachuk doesnít produce.


Backes collected a goal and an assist in his first two games with the Blues last season and never looked back, en route to a respectable 23 points (10 goals, 13 assists) and a plus-six rating for the year. Don't expect too much more out of Backes this season, as his ice time should be more limited with the arrival of guys like Paul Kariya and Brad Boyes. But Backes has proven he has what it takes to be a top-six forward in the NHL, and should be on your longer-term fantasy radar.


Backes is expected to spend most of this season in the minors. He'll be a regular NHL'er someday but he's still developing.