Boston Bruins forward David Backes had 10 inches of his colon surgically removed just 18 days ago and he was back on the ice with his teammates on Monday morning. Backes was wearing a non-contact jersey, but he seems to be way ahead of schedule of the original 10-week time table for a return to game action!
“It’s good to be back with the guys and to be around the room, and to have seen the kind of resiliency that these guys showed on the road trip. The back half of the road trip was impressive,” said Backes while meeting with the media after practice. “To be on the ice and moving around after sitting around doing nothing for too long where you don’t think you’re going to see the light at the end of the tunnel, it feels good.
“The doc’s advice is that if it doesn’t hurt then I can keep moving forward and add more of a workload on, so that’s the update for today. It’s still non-contact, but we’ll keep moving along and hopefully I’ll be back doing what I love to do on a regular basis. I haven’t been notified that the timeline has changed at all, so I’m just going to keep putting in the work. The more I seem to do the work the better it is, and I seem to be able to do a little more each day. So those are all positive signs.”
With Brad Marchand and Ryan Spooner expected back to practice on Tuesday morning, the Bruins are getting closer to being the healthiest they have been the whole season.