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.