BOSTON -- In term of the best possible news for David Backes, it was good to hear surgery to remove a portion of his colon was successful. Backes needed the surgery in order to get rid of an infected portion of his digestive tract after he'd suffered from a couple of bouts of diverticulitis.
The Boston Bruins used the word “smoothly” in relation to the success of Backes surgery, and now he begins the road to recovery over the next couple of months prior to a possible return right around New Year’s Day. Here’s the Bruins full statement on Backes after his surgery:
David Backes underwent surgery today to remove a portion of his colon. The operation went smoothly and he has started his recovery.
The loss of the hard-nosed, natural leader in Backes was a tough one both on and off the ice for the Black and Gold, but it’s also the loss of the very talkative, positive person in the Bruins dressing room that was a big help in bringing along the young kids. If the Bruins winger were to return after exactly eight weeks of rest and rehab, it would put the big forward back right around Dec. 28 against the Washington Capitals after sitting out the previous 26 games.
“We lose another centerman and it’s tough. He’s a leader on the team and he plays in all situations. We lose another good soldier is the way I look at it,” said Bruce Cassidy. “Part of the intangibles is what we miss the most [with Backes]. He’s pretty good at getting us back on track and being an on-ice big brother for a lot of our young guys. As much as for what brings to the table with his play, it’s what he brings for the comfort level of his teammates that I’ll miss.”
Backes was placed on injured reserve earlier in the day on Thursday by the Bruins right around the time of his surgery, and now the work has begun for the 33-year-old to slowly rehab and work his way back into the physical, productive forward who's become a key factor over the last couple of years in Boston.