Bruins acquire Ondrej Kase, ship out David Backes

Scott McLaughlin
February 21, 2020 - 1:06 pm
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The Bruins have made a trade for a right wing. The team announced Friday afternoon that it has acquired Ondrej Kase from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a first-round pick, David Backes and prospect Axel Andersson.

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Kase has seven goals and 16 assists in 49 games this season, but it's worth noting that he scored 20 goals two years ago, and 11 goals in 30 games last season. He's also a strong candidate to start scoring more given that his shooting percentage is just 5.2 percent, well below his career average of 9.5 percent.

Kase is signed through next season with a cap hit of $2.6 million. The Bruins will retain 25 percent of Backes' salary, but freeing up 75 percent of that deal is still a very welcome development.

Kase is a 5-foot-11, 186-pound right shot from the Czech Republic, making him the Bruins' third Czech forward along with David Pastrnak and David Krejci.

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