BRIGHTON -- The banged-up Bruins received another body blow with news that David Backes will be out a minimum of eight weeks after ssurgery for his diverticulitis.
Backes, 33, will have an operation to remove a portion of his colon as a result of his intestinal condition, something that was always a possibility even after initial treatment allowed him to return to the ice. Backes played in five games with an assist and a minus-3 rating after his initial hospitalization, but both he and the team's medical personnel were waiting to see his body’s long-term response to medication and diet changes.
“The decision to have surgery was made in consultation with team physicians as well as outside specialists in the management of diverticulitis,” the Bruins said in a statement. “David’s episode of diverticulitis at the beginning of the season was his second episode in two months and was complicated with an abscess (collection of infection adjacent to the colon) that required drainage.
“Repeated episodes, like what David experienced, have a very high likelihood of recurrence in the near term, which is why he was advised to have surgery to remove the area of colon causing the problem. It was determined that attempting to delay the surgery until after the season was an unacceptable risk to his health.”
Now the Bruins will be without Backes for at least a couple of months, and he leaves the lineup at a time when they're missing David Krejci, Noel Acciari, Ryan Spooner and Adam McQuaid, among others, from their lineup due to injuries. One would expect that things might get accelerated on signing veteran forward Ryan White, in Boston on a tryout basis, to an NHL contract given his hard-nosed game.