It’s been just under a month since David Backes collided with Ottawa’s Scott Sabourin in a scary scene at TD Garden, but the Bruins’ veteran forward has only been able to ramp up his on-ice activity in the past 10 days or so, given both the violent nature of the incident and his own lengthy history when it comes to head injuries.
Backes, who has suffered at least three concussions during his time in Boston before knocking heads with Sabourin on November 2, did his due diligence during his time on the shelf, including consulting with an independent neurologist about the potential risk for future injuries and his well being when he finally decides to hang up his skates.
“I’ve been in great hands, I’ve gone through the full regimen of health checks,” Backes told reporters Saturday. “The guys that go to 12 years of schooling or more and all the studying are telling me I’m ready to go and I’m excited to be back.”
While Backes did not confirm that his most recent “upper-body injury” was indeed a concussion, he did add that he felt as though he was ready to return to the lineup.
"Just going through the process of what the doctors are telling me and trying to get back as soon as possible," he said. “Some of that comes quicker. Some of it's been fits and starts. But feeling really great as of maybe 10 days ago and been a full go, off the ice training, on the ice training, and feeling more like myself.
"Couldn't be happier to be a full go and hopefully playing contact hockey against a different team in short order."
It looks as though Backes is going to get his wish on Sunday.