BOSTON – (Wire Service Report) – The Boston Bruins recalled forward Austin Czarnik from Providence of the American Hockey League on Wednesday and forward David Backes remained out with an elbow injury. Czarnik was available for Wednesday night’s game at the New York Rangers. Bruins general manager Don Sweeney also announced an update on Backes.
“David Backes underwent the removal of the olecranon bursa from his elbow on Monday, October 24. His condition will be updated after the weekend,” Sweeney said in a statement.
Backes, signed by the Bruins to a five-year, $30 million contract this offseason, has recorded two goals and two assists with 12 shots on goal in five games.
Czarnik has skated in two games with Boston in 2016-17 — his first two career NHL games — and recorded two penalty minutes. He has skated in two games with Providence this season, posting one goal and two assists.
Czarnik, 23, appeared in 68 games with Providence in 2015-16, tallying 61 points (20 goals, 41 assists) with a plus-17 rating. The 5-foot-9, 167-pound forward ranked seventh in the AHL in points and 11th in assists in his rookie season with Providence. The Washington, Mich., native signed an entry-level contract with the Bruins on April 1, 2015, after a college career at Miami University (Ohio).