David Backes enters new season with ‘plenty of fuel’, but Bruins note that ‘It’s hard to predict what’s ahead’

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The last time David Backes addressed the media outside of his stall at Warrior Ice Arena, the veteran power forward didn’t have much to offer in terms of his future in Boston. 

It was surprising that Backes had the wherewithal to shed light on much of anything after what was an already trying season for the winger concluded with his former club in the St. Louis Blues — a team he captained for five years — bested the Bruins at TD Garden to clinch the franchise's first Stanley Cup.

While most of his teammates collapsed on the ice in shock, Backes had to absorb the crushing loss from high above the ice — as he was scratched for the final three games of the Stanley Cup Final.

"I’m in flux at the moment and I guess I gotta trust in the bigger plan and that’s kind of where I’m at," Backes said during breakup day back in June.

Less than three months later, Backes fielded many of the same questions concerning his future in Boston, with the 35-year-old skater looking to rebound and make good on the final two years and $12 million remaining on his contract.

But the important question regarding Backes' tenure in Boston has yet to be answered — is there even a regular role for Backes on this club?