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Backes (illness) will play for the first time since October 30th.

Backes has missed nearly one month with diverticulitis but will draw back in tonight vs. the Lightning. Backes has appeared in just five games this season, registering one assist, but his return drastically help the Bruins forward group that continues to battle injuries. Backes will centre the second line with Danton Heinen and Riley Nash on his wings.

Source: @NHLBruins 11/29/17, 6:47 am EST

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Backes will undergo surgery to remove a portion of his colon; expected to miss eight weeks.

Backes missed the start of the season due to diverticulitis and it will now force him to undergo surgery to remove part of his colon. This is a terrible break for Backes, who will be out until late-December/early-January, but is critical for his long-term health.

Source: @NHLBruins 11/1/17, 7:10 am EST

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Backes (illness) will make his season debut on Thursday.

Backes missed the first five games of the season but will draw back into the lineup tonight vs. the Canucks. Backes will skate on the Bruins’ third line with Sean Kuraly and Tim Schaller. He will look to bounce back after a disappointing debut season with the Bruins that saw him score 17 goals and 21 assists (38 points) in 74 games.

Source: Joe Haggerty 10/19/17, 11:03 am EST

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Backes (illness) was on the ice for Tusday’s practice; “potentially an option” for Thursday’s game.

Backes missed the first five games of the season with diverticulitis but skated on the Bruins’ third-line during Tuesday’s practice and could make his season debut on Thursday. Backes had 17 goals and 21 assists (38 points) in 74 games with the Bruins last season.

Source: Mike Loftus 10/17/17, 11:57 am EST

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The Bruins have placed David Backes (illness) on IR.

Backes was diagnosed with diverticulitis and is expected to miss 3-to-4 weeks, so moving him to IR was a no-brainer for the Bruins who needed to open up a roster spot to activate Torey Krug for Monday’s game. Look for Backes to be back in late-October/early-November.

Source: Boston Bruins 10/9/17, 7:15 am EST

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Backes (illness) will not play Thursday vs. the Predators.

Backes missed Wednesday’s practice and today’s optional morning skate because he is “under the weather.” The physical centre turned winger will miss the season opener, but could be available for their second game which isn’t until next Monday.

Source: Joe Haggerty 10/5/17, 8:23 am EST

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Backes missed Tuesday’s practice because of an illness.

The Bruins announced that Backes was “under the weather” and missed Wednesday’s practice session as a result. This obviously puts his status for Thursday’s game in question, but monitor his availability during the morning skate.

Source: @NHLBruins 10/4/17, 10:12 am EST

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Backes (concussion) will be a game-time decision on Saturday.

Backes has missed the last three games with a concussion, but has practiced for a few days in a row, which is a good sign that he will be available tonight. However, he has to be medically cleared and is listed as a game-time decision. If Backes does play, expect him to skate on the second line with David Krejci and Ryan Spooner.

Source: @NHLBruins 01/7/17, 8:11 am EST

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Backes left Thursday’s game with an upper-body injury and did not return.

Backes played 3:10 TOI before he left yesterday’s game in Buffalo. The Bruins did not have any update on Backes’ status post-game, so expect an update prior to tomorrow’s game vs. the Sabres. If he can’t play,, expect Jimmy Hayes to draw into the lineup.

Source: @NHLBruins 12/30/16, 5:39 am EST

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Backes (elbow) will return to the Bruins' lineup on Saturday.

Backes has missed the last five games after undergoing an elbow procedure, but will be back in the lineup tonight vs. the Rangers. Backes will skate on the Bruins’ second line and second power-play unit—he has two goals and two assists in five games this season.

Source: @NHLBruins 11/5/16, 7:21 am EST

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Backes (elbow) could resume skating on Tuesday; expected to miss at least two more games.

Backes has missed the last three games after undergoing an elbow procedure, but it looks like he won’t play on the Bruins’ trip to Florida (TUE @ FLA, THU @ TBL) and the earliest he might return is Saturday vs. the Rangers. Monitor Backes’ status as the week progresses.

Source: Kevin Paul Dupont 10/31/16, 12:11 pm EST

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Backes underwent a procedure on his elbow and will miss at least two more games.

Backes underwent the removal of the olecranon bursa from his elbow on Monday and will be re-evaluated after the weekend, which means he will miss tonight’s game vs. the Rangers and Saturday’s game against the Red Wings. With Backes out, the Bruins have recalled Austin Czarnik from Providence (AHL).

Source: Boston Bruins 10/26/16, 6:46 am EST

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The Bruins have signed David Backes to a five-year deal worth $30 million ($6.0M AAV).

Backes spent the first 10 years of his NHL career with the Blues after they drafted him 62nd overall in the 2003 NHL Draft. He had developed into one of the best all-around fantasy centres, but is coming off of a disappointing 45-point (21G / 24A) season, but that did not damage his UFA value. He may shift to the wing in Boston, seeing as their top-2 centre positions are locked in with Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci.

Source: Elliotte Friedman 07/2/16, 7:39 am EST

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