Bruins acquire Kase from Ducks for Backes, first-round pick, prospect

Tanya Simon
February 22, 2020

Selected by Anaheim in the seventh round (No. 205) of the 2014 NHL Draft, Kase has 96 points (43 goals, 53 assists) in 198 regular-season games and two goals in 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Ondrej Kase was traded to the Boston Bruins by the Anaheim Ducks for David Backes, Axel Andersson and a first-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft on Friday.

Per the terms of the contract, the Bruins will retain 25 percent of Backes' salary. The 24-year-old has appeared in 198 National Hockey League games, amassing 43 goals and 96 points. His possession statistics are off the chart, and he'll likely be tried in a spot the team has been desperate to fill for some time. If Kase can become that full-time solution, it allows the team to move Charlie Coyle back to the middle lower in the lineup.

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A two-time 30-goal scorer, Backes is signed through next season, but will be paid only $3 million in salary though next season on the five-year, $30 million deal signed as a free agent in 2016. His contract is valued at $6 million annually, and there's one more year left on the deal after this season.

The 24-year-old from the Czech Republic is in the second year of a three-year, $7.8 million contract. Previous year the team used a young piece to bring back Coyle, who had term on his deal (and has since been extended) to help them longer than just one spring. Kase is fast and skilled - the only concern is can he stay healthy. Kase's name had been in trade rumors for some time, and they cashed in to add two interesting pieces to a rebuild. The two-time Olympian with the USA has 554 points in 944 career games during 14 years in the National Hockey League, with 10 of those campaigns spent with the St. Louis Blues and the last four in Boston. "The Jarna, Sweden native was originally selected by Boston in the second round (57th overall) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft".

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