By Katie Rhee 10/3/17

There is bad medical news for Boston Bruins winger David Backes. After missing the first five regular-season games with diverticulitis, Backes will now need surgery to correct the problem. He will miss another six to eight weeks to have part of his colon removed. Diverticulitis is an inflammation or infection of one or more of the small pouches located in the digestive tract.  This is the thirty-three-year old’s second bout with the infection in two months and after discussion with the team and outside medical professionals, surgery was the best option for the winger.  Team internist, Dr. David Finn, confirmed to WEEI the diverticulitis would have an on-going problem for Backes throughout the season and any attempt to delay the surgery would be

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“an unacceptable risk to his health.”  Before becoming ill, Backes played five games with the B’s notching an assist and a point.