With the trade deadline right around the corner on Monday, the Boston Bruins have made their first move. Boston have sent forward David Backes, prospect Axel Andersson along with a 2020 first-round draft pick to the Anaheim Ducks in exhange for forward Ondrej Kase. Perhaps this was not a move that many expected or saw coming earlier in the week. The possibility of the Bruins trading away David Backes did not start to gain a lot of momentum until Friday morning and by the afternoon, he was on his way out of Boston and a trade was made.
The reason this move definitely makes sense from a Bruins perspective is that Boston gets a much-needed productive right winger who has seven goals and 16 assists in 49 games this season with the Ducks. The Bruins have been looking for a right winger on the second line for a while now and it is very possible that Kase could play next to Krejci on the second line. The one concern is the question of whether or not the 24-year-old can stay healthy because he has missed significant time due to injury over the course of his young career. The key is he has a low salary cap hit of $2.6 million and is signed through next season. This leads to the next and most important reason for why this is a good move for the Bruins which is that David Backes had another year remaining on his troublesome contract that had a $6 million salary cap hit. Now a good amount of money has been cleared out of Boston's payroll.
David Backes is well past his prime at this point in his career and while it is unfortunate that things never quite clicked with him in Boston, it is a business and ultimately the correct move by the Bruins due to the fact that Backes was making way too much money considering his lack of productivity from him on the ice. Although there are still going to be questions regarding how much of an impact Ondrej Kase can make on this Bruins team, the reality is that this might be the first step in a quest for Don Sweeney to acquire a real big name player before the deadline. Do not be surprised if the Bruins do indeed make a bigger move in the next few days because Boston has the ability to do just that after Friday's trade.