Boston Bruins

SAN JOSE, CA - APRIL 18: Ondrej Kase #25 of the Anaheim Ducks skates up ice with control of the puck against the San Jose Sharks during the first period in Game Four of the Western Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at SAP Center on April 18, 2018 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

The Bruins have made their first significant move ahead of the NHL Trade Deadline. They’re reportedly sending David Backes, a first-round pick, and defenseman Axel Andersson to the Ducks for winger Ondrej Kase.

Marisa Ingemi of the Boston Herald was first to report that Backes and a first would be headed to Anaheim, and later added that Andersson is also part of the deal. Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic was first to report that Kase is coming back Boston’s way.

Since the B’s gave up their first-round pick and Andersson, a second-round pick in 2018, the likelihood is that the Ducks are absorbing the majority of Backes’ remaining contract. He was set to make another $6 million in 2020-21.

Acquiring Kase gives the Bruins a much-needed right-shot right wing with the potential to play in the middle-six. He has seven goals and 23 points in 49 games with the Ducks this season.

But perhaps more importantly, moving Backes off the cap means the Bruins can add another player with term and now have the financial flexibility to sign the long-term deals they want with players in-house.

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