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Anaheim trades Ondrej Kase to Boston for David Backes, 1st round pick, and Axel Andersson

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The Ducks take on a bad contract and get a 1st round pick as well as a defenseman prospect in exchange for the young Czech forward.

NHL: FEB 07 Ducks at Maple Leafs Photo by Julian Avram/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

According to The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun, the Anaheim Ducks have traded Ondrej Kase to the Boston Bruins.

The return for Anaheim has been reported by TSN’s Frank Seravalli as forward David Backes, a 1st round pick, and Boston’s 11th ranked prospect, defenseman Axel Andersson.

Kase has continued his season of good play driving numbers while suffering from a slightly lower than normal shooting percentage. The 24-year-old Czech winger had been rumored to be on the trading block, and was almost dealt before the season began for defenseman Justin Faulk in a deal that fell apart.

David Backes has been playing with Boston’s AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins. He has infamously underperformed his five year, $30 million deal and currently stands to make $6 million per year both this season and next season.

Axel Andersson is a right-handed 20-year-old Swedish defenseman playing for the Moncton Wildcats in the QMJHL. He’s been described by The Athletic’s Scott Wheeler as a smooth-skating defenseman with good passing ability, but who’s role has been limited on a strong Wildcats team.