The Bruins needed to add some leadership presence to their locker room, and did just that by signing free agent David Backes. Boston signed the former St. Louis Blues captain to a 5-year, $30 million deal on Friday.
Although the length is questionable for a 32-year-old player, Backes is still a great fit for Boston. The former Captain played in 79 games last year and tallied up 45 points on 21 goals and 24 assists.
Defenseman John-Michael Liles was also signed to a 1-year, $2 million dollar deal today. A smart move by the Bruins to keep a veteran guy around as they rebuild their pairings.
It's rumored that Backes is heading here with the intent on playing at the Center position, which could spell the end of Ryan Spooner's days in Boston. With free agency just beginning, we'll have to wait and see what comes next for Don Sweeney and crew.
By Matt Watts