Sport Despite assignment to Providence, Bruins don’t expect David Backes to retire

02:51  20 january  2020
02:51  20 january  2020 Source:   bostonglobe.com

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BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, January 17, that the team has placed forward David Backes on waivers for the Backes , 35, has produced one goal and two assists for three points in 16 games with Boston this season. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound forward has

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PITTSBURGH — Provided the Bruins don’t find a landing spot for David Backes in the NHL trade market, the expectation among Bruins management is that the veteran winger will report to AHL Providence upon the completion of his current 10-day respite.

a hockey game in the snow: David Backes has played in just 16 games this season for the Bruins.© 2019 File/Lynne Sladky David Backes has played in just 16 games this season for the Bruins.

Backes, who cleared waivers as of Saturday afternoon, has not commented publicly since being placed on waivers late Friday morning.

Club president Cam Neely, here for Sunday’s 4-3 matinee loss to the Penguins, said he does not believe Backes, 35, will call it quits.

“I don’t think he has a mind-set of retirement,” said Neely. “He’s a very proud man, and a professional. I still have the feeling he thinks he can help, so we’ll see where it goes from here.”

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Backes has not been present at the Bruins practice facility for the last couple of days and had a curiously-termed a maintenance day Thursday even The move will remove roughly million of his overall million cap hit from the Bruins books once Backes has been dropped to Providence , and

Technically, Backes was assigned to Providence , but he will not be headed to the AHL affiliate any time soon, if ever. According to coach Bruce Cassidy David Krejci, out of the lineup Thursday, again missed practice Saturday and will not face the Penguins. It’s possible the Bruins now will shut down

Backes, a 14-year veteran who increasingly became a spare part in the first half of this season, has the remainder of this season and all of next on the guaranteed 5-year, $30 million deal he signed as a free agent July 1, 2016.

In hard dollars — often different than how cap figures are calculated — he is due only slightly less than $4.5 million because he already has been paid out some 85 percent of the contract’s full value.

Now that he has been waived, Backes’s cap figure on Boston’s books has been reduced from $6 million to $4.925 million, reflecting the CBA-defined discount of $1.075 million.

If Backes remains a non-roster player for the next five weeks, GM Don Sweeney will have that extra $1.075 million in wiggle room in the days leading up to the Jan. 24 trade deadline. However, that number could be reduced if the Bruins’ total payroll, which now is impacted by the club’s LTIR (Long Term Injured Reserve) status, changes over the next five weeks.

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The Boston Bruins placed forward David Backes on waivers Friday for purpose of assignment to the AHL. 3-on-3 hockey is must-see TV, but don ’ t expect more of it. Backes had seven goals and 20 points in 70 games with the team last season, adding two goals and five points in 15 playoff games.

BOSTON - The Bruins continued some of their roster tweaking on Friday afternoon with the announcement that veteran winger David Backes had been placed on waivers with the purpose of assigning him to Providence . It was, no doubt, a difficult decision, given what Backes

If Backes were to report to Providence, the earliest he would likely suit up for the AHL Spoked-Bs is their Jan. 31 game at Binghamton (the same night the varsity returns from the bye break with a game in Winnipeg).

Wade Arnott, the agent who negotiated Backes’ $30 million deal, has not responded to two emails requesting comment from him or Backes.

Ritchie pitches in

Brett Ritchie, waived down to Providence within 48 hours of Tuesday’s loss in Columbus, scored two goals in Saturday’s win at Bridgeport.

“And nine shots, too, by the way,” noted Neely, clearly keeping track of Ritchie’s production.

In his 27 games with the varsity prior to being demoted, Ritchie delivered a meager 2-4—6 line. The Bruins signed him to a one-year, $1 million free agent deal in July, never expecting that he would deliver two goals a game. Just one a week would have been considered wildly successful. A line of, say, 4-11—15 in the first half would have kept him with the varsity.

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David Backes ' time with the Boston Bruins might be done. The Bruins on Friday put the veteran forward on waivers for the purpose of assignment to Providence . Backes has appeared in just 16 games this season for the Bruins , scoring a goal and adding a pair of assists.

David Backes was placed on waivers by the Boston Bruins on Friday for the purpose of assigning him to Providence of the American Hockey League. Boston also called up goalie Maxime Legace from Providence and sent down goalie Dan Vladar, who was recalled Thursday after Tuukka Rask

By Neely’s eye, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Ritchie could find his way back to Boston, but he’ll have to show some pop on the scoresheet and pluck on his shifts.

“We’re not going to close the door on anything,” said Neely. “If we feel there’s a player in Providence who can help us, we’ll certainly have him come up and try to help us here again.”

Neely noted that Ritchie appeared more with it (“coming along”) in games prior to his demotion, but he needed to show more.

“We just didn’t feel he was getting inside the dots as much,” said Neely, who crafted his Hall-of-Fame career as a behemoth down low, inside the dots. “He needed to get more shots off, and create a little more urgency in his own game — we just thought we might see a little bit more of that.”

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Charlie McAvoy, still without a goal for the Bruins through his 47 games, at least had his shooting shoes on here vs. the Penguins. He fired a total of 11 times — the Bruins had 77 attempts — and landed four of those on net. He missed the net on five chances and had two others blocked. Torey Krug led the Boston effort with five strikes on Matt Murray, who blanked the Bruins on 23 straight chances after falling into a 3-0 deficit on David Pastrnak’s goal at 15:07 of the third period . . . Pastrnak now has 37 goals for the season, still No. 1 in the league. He needs one more to equal his career-high of last season . . . Tuukka Rask (concussed) is feeling better, according to coach Bruce Cassidy . . . No chance of seeing defensemen Kevan Miller or Connor Clifton anytime soon . . . No. 2 pivot David Krejci was sidelined for a second straight game. It’s possible he’ll skate in Monday’s late-morning workout in Brighton . . . The Boston power play was blanked (o for 2) and is now 0 for 10 over the last three games. The Bruins went three straight without a power-play goal in early December, but that was an 0-for-9 run.

Kevin Paul Dupont can be reached at kevin.dupont@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeKPD.

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