Wes Welker received a lesson in Negotiations 101 Monday night on 'Uno's Sports Tonight,' courtesy of the Boston Herald's Ron Borges.
"If you are ignorant enough to put a sign around your neck that says, 'Kick me in the face,' then they should kick him in the face," Borges told Gary Tanguay and Lou Merloni.
"What did you sign that tender for? Why didn't you hold out a year ago -- that's when he really should have held out, when he really had some leverage -- and you fire your agent and you bring in a new agent, David Dunn, a high-powered guy, and then you sign the tender? My son Jack is 5 years old. He could have represented him once he signed the tender.
"And then to act like, 'I thought the Patriots were going to do something?' Yeah, they did. They did what was right for them."
The Bruins look like they’ll be without gritty veteran forward David Backes for at least the next couple of games, and probably more like the next couple of weeks.
It was announced that the gritty Bruins forward underwent a procedure on Monday remove the olecranon bursa from his elbow, and that “his condition will be updated after the weekend.” The procedure is commonly performed when bursitis in the elbow becomes an untenable, and seems more like an injury that worsens over time rather than anything that happened in a particular game this season.
Backes’ effectiveness did seem to be impacted after he got into a fight with Nazem Kadri in the second game of the season in Toronto, but it’s unknown if there’s any connection between that sequence and the forward’s elbow issues. According to the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons) website, it may take “10-14 days” for the skin to heal following the procedure, and three-to-four weeks before a doctor would clear the average person to resume normal activity.
The 32-year-old Backes is off to a good start for the Bruins with two goals and four points in five games prior to missing Tuesday night’s loss to the Minnesota Wild, and his absence makes an already-thin Bruins forward group smaller, softer and much less dangerous. With Backes on the shelf for at least the next two games against the Rangers and Detroit Red Wings, the Bruins have recalled young center Austin Czarnik after his short stint with the Providence Bruins.