Morning Free Association: Backes News

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Yesterday morning, Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney released a statement regarding Bruins forward David Backes. The statement in it’s entirety reads:

“After speaking with David, we have agreed that it is in the best interest of David and the Bruins for him not to play in Providence at this time. David is fit and able to play, but in order to preserve all potential options for both David and the Bruins moving forward, we have decided this is the best course of action.”

So, this places him in a bit of limbo. He’s admitting that Backes can play so a sudden LTIR placement is not an option. Could they be saving him up for a trade? Possibly, although the players injury status does not ever hold up a trade. However, a team could trade for him and set him up to be bought out in June; injured players cannot be bought out, only placed on IR/ LTIR.

In the meantime, the Bruins have to just eat the $4.975 million in cap space and hope they can move that deal.

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Quaider4everwash
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Quaider4everwash

Soooo, some Bruins hockey would be a welcome distraction about now….. And they play tonight!!!
I think David Backes needs to retire….. that’s a lot of do re mi to leave on the table, tjough. Not sure i could walk away from it. Are there still teams near the cap floor that want a big contract?? I doubt it…. I’ll just eave it to the Sweenius, eh?

And thank you!!!

Quaider4everwash
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Quaider4everwash

Also, ….. morphine or no morphine, that’s one lady that will not go quietly into that good night…. Now if you had a good knight, she might be interested. grin

IntentionallyWidenberg
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In a normal world, I’d say that the Backes contract should get bought out, but the buyout rules are just a mess. Buying out a $4M salary with a $6M hit would still cost the Bruins $4M cap hit next year and $1M the year after that. It just makes no sense – the player gets his money either way, but he’s still hitting the cap for most of the money (actually more than all the money, since the rest of the contract is worth < $4.5M including this season's remaining game checks). I've got no problem with a player with concussion history refusing to play in a more violent & less prestigious league, but if the Bruins won't put him on the ice, he's gotta retire, or rework his 8 team NTC exception list. (Or does he just sit there eating a roster spot for another 113 games? Neither he nor the team are likely going to find that to be a palatable situation.)

Quaider4everwash
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Quaider4everwash

Hey All!
Emotional day yesterday. Probably said good bye to my mom. So far, it’s Mom 1 – Neurovirus – 0. The battle took it’s toll, though, and Mom went on morphine last night. I made her laugh… really the only thing I can give her now. Sorry, Pals. You’re the ones i share with… and sometimes that sucks – for you!! Thanks.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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IntentionallyWidenberg

Oh wow, that’s rough. I’m sorry to hear that.

The London Bear
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The London Bear

Oh, sorry to hear that my friend. And of course, you’re always welcome to unload on us.

Satan 81's Sister
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Satan 81's Sister

So sorry to hear, friend. Mom is a toughie and good you gave her a laugh. No doubt she wanted that.