The Boston Bruins acquired Ondrej Kase from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for veteran David Backes, a 2020 first-round pick and prospect Axel Andersson, it was announced Friday.
Kase drew interest leading up the trade deadline as a cheaper option for those who couldn’t land a big name like Chris Kreider. A productive two-way player when healthy, Kase has another year left on his contract at a manageable $2.6 million, but health has been an issue.
After scoring 20 goals in his second season in 2017-18, a variety of injuries limited Kase to 30 games last season, when he scored 11 goals and had 20 points. He has rebounded this season with 7 goals and 16 assists in 49 games.
The Ducks are in rebuilding mode, sitting seventh in the Pacific Division after missing the playoffs last season for the first time in six years.
Backes, a 14-year NHL veteran, was assigned to AHL Providence in January after clearing waivers. He has scored 245 goals with 309 assists in 944 NHL games, spending the first 10 years of his career with the St. Louis Blues and the last four in Boston. A two-time U.S. Olympian, he was an All-Star in 2011 and the following season was the runner-up in Selke Award voting.
The 35-year-old Backes had just one goal and two assists in 16 games with the Bruins this season. He was injured in a scary collision with the Senators’ Scott Sabourin in November and missed almost a month.
The Bruins will retain 25% of Backes’ salary.
The 20-year-old Andersson a defenseman, was playing for Monctron of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this season and had 2 goals and 20 assists.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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