Boston Bruins Place David Backes on Waivers

On Friday afternoon, the Boston Bruins placed forward David Backes on waivers with the purpose of assignment to Providence. Backes has only appeared in 16 games this year and recorded one goal and two assists.

The move comes as no surprise given that Backes has mostly struggled since signing with the Bruins. Backes joined Boston before the 2016 season on a five-year deal worth $30 million. The former Blue averaged 20-plus goals a season with St. Louis but has never scored more than 17 or surpassed the 40-point mark in a season for Boston.

Although Backes is loved by his teammates, his offensive production has failed to meet his lucrative contract. He has mostly spent time on the fourth line and battled injuries over the past few years. Despite his struggles, Backes always put the team first and accepted whatever role he was given if it helped the team.

Additionally, the move saves the Bruins $1 million in cap space, which could make a difference at the trade deadline. While Backes will be missed in the locker room, management has sent a clear message of late that the Bruins need to improve their play.

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