Bruins Notebook: What’s next after David Backes will not report to Providence? Tuukka Rask cleared to return

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Those seeking some clarity on David Backes’ precarious situation with the Bruins are going to have to wait a little longer. 

After getting waived by the Bruins for the purpose of assignment to Providence on Jan. 17, Backes found himself at a crossroads. Retirement stood as a potential option, or perhaps a few weeks down with the Baby B's would allow the veteran to remain in game shape while the team looked for a more definitive conclusion. 

Well, it looks as though both avenues are off the table for now.

During Boston’s practice Thursday morning at Warrior Ice Arena, Don Sweeney released a brief statement on Backes — noting that both parties have agreed that time spent down in the AHL is not the preferable route as of right now. 

“After speaking with David, we have agreed that it is in the best interest of David and the Bruins for him not to play in Providence at this time,” Sweeney said. “David is fit and able to play, but in order to preserve all potential options for both David and the Bruins moving forward, we have decided this is the best course of action.”

Given Backes’ history of concussions, the decision to hold him out against AHL competition and the various goons sprinkled throughout the rosters down there is a responsible decision. But where exactly do both Backes and the team go from here?