Boston Bruins

Sep 25, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins right wing David Backes (42) passes the puck against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

By Alex Barth,

The Boston Bruins announced Thursday morning that recently-waived forward David Backes will not play for the AHL’s Providence Bruins, despite his assignment. Backes was waived by the Bruins on January 17 in a move that saved Boston about $1 million in cap space ahead of next month’s trade deadline.

According to the Bruins statement, Backes not playing in Providence is a mutual decision between the team and the player. The statement from Bruins GM Don Sweeney reads, in full, “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.”

Before being waived, the 35-year-old Backes played 16 games for the Bruins this season, recording a goal and two assists. His last action came on Jan. 9.

Backes signed a five-year, $30 million contract with the Bruins before the 2016-17 season. The deal runs through 2021, and contains a modified no-trade clause.

The Bruins have been off for the last nine days between the NHL All-Star break and their bye week. The team returns to the ice tomorrow in Winnipeg to face the Jets. Puck-drop is scheduled for 8 p.m. Judd Sirott and Bob Beers have the call on 98.5 The Sports Hub, with pregame coverage starting at 7:30 p.m.

Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Hate mail? Let him hear it on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at