The Skate Podcast: Is David Backes’ comeback real for Bruins?

October 03, 2019 - 4:27 pm

On the day of the Bruins’ season opener at the Dallas Stars, The Skate Podcast brought back one of its most popular commentators and a very in-demand NHL expert.

That’s right, Sunday Skate co-host Pete Blackburn of CBS Sports rejoined his Sunday morning colleagues Ken Laird and Matt Kalman on The Skate, and the guys discussed the upcoming season, NHL power rankings, Torey Krug and Charlie Coyle’s contract situations and David Backes.

Backes recently revealed that he worked with a figure skating coach in the offseason, and so far that’s paid off with a job on the Bruins’ third line with Danton Heinen and Coyle. But is the 35-year-old’s success sustainable?

“He’s old, he’s washed-up, I don’t think he just magically finds the magic in the summer,” Blackburn declared. “Maybe, we see David Backes, we see that he looks good short amount of times. Maybe he looks good for a game or two at a time. But I don’t see a real sustained success story with David Backes.”

“I still think he’s old David Backes and we’re going to lament his existence pretty soon into the season.”

Kalman mostly agreed with Blackburn, but pointed out that playing Backes while prospects like Anders Bjork and Trent Frederic get more seasoning in the AHL could work out for Boston in the long run.

“Maybe you prove to people that he can skate and hold his own on the fourth line. There’s no room on the fourth line here, but at some point maybe without as much of a sweetener as we thought, maybe somebody takes him on,” Kalman said.

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