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DAVID BACKES EXPECTED TO PLAY NEXT SEASON

Per Andy Strickland, the Anaheim Ducks have told David Backes they intend to keep him around and expect him to be a regular in the lineup for the 2020-21 season.

The Ducks acquired Backes in part of a trade with the Boston Bruins that saw forward Ondrej Kase headed the other way. The 36-year-old was never able to live up to his five-year, $30 million deal he signed with the Bruins prior to the 2016-17 season as injuries have had their toll on the once dominant power forward. Still, with just one year remaining on the contract, he will be a good veteran presence to have around for the Ducks' young players in what is likely his final season in the NHL.



Being able to play this coming season means that Backes will likely hit a big milestone in his career, as he is just 50 games away from 1000. He has managed to put up 245 goals and 557 points, but as mentioned, his game has declined over the last handful of seasons. This past season saw him put up just one goal and six points in 22 games.


COLTON PANKIW
SEPTEMBER 23, 2020  (11H27)