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David Backes | Center | #42

Team: St Louis Blues
Age / DOB:  (31) / 5/1/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 221
College: Minnesota State U-Mankato
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 2 (62) / STL
Contract: view contract details

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David Backes hasn't scored a goal in his past seven games.
He has three assists during that time in two of them came versus Detroit on Jan. 20. Backes was shifted to right wing in Tuesday's 1-0 win over Nashville and Alexander Steen moved to center. The Blues captain didn't register a shot on goal in the contest despite 21:10 of playing time. Feb 3 - 10:43 AM

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Blues GM Doug Armstrong has strong feelings on the idea of trading Captain David Backes.

"The least likely scenario would be to trade him because we’re trying to win," Armstrong told Rutherford. "A first-round pick does us no good when we’re going to this year’s playoffs. I think we’re going to be a good team and he’s a big part of being a good team." Truth is, the ball is in Backes' court. If he demands Vlad Tarasenko's contract, Backes will be wearing another team's sweater one way or another. But if he only wants a modest increase over his current $4.5M cap hit, then Blues fans will be happy to have their Captain (likely) finish his career having played entirely in St. Louis. Time will tell, and Feb. 29th is just 37 days away. Lastly, it's worth noting that Backes owns a full No-Trade Clause.
Jan 24 - 2:51 PM

Jay Bouwmeester insists that David Backes' pending UFA status isn't a distraction to the team.

"He’s been here a long time, he’s our captain," Bouwmeester said. "Contracts, everyone goes through that at some point and you have decisions to make, the team has decisions to make. Hopefully everything works out and he stays here. There’s a handful of guys that when your team is having success, it’s usually because they’re on top of their game and everyone else sort of falls in line. He’s one of those guys."
Jan 24 - 10:39 AM

Don't expect the St. Louis Blues to trade pending unrestricted free agent David Backes.

"I guess you could always see it playing out any way," Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said. "The least likely scenario would be to trade him because we’re trying to win. A first-round pick does us no good when we’re going to this year’s playoffs. I think we’re going to be a good team and he’s a big part of being a good team. He’s our captain, he’s our leader. We’ve had the most points in the NHL over the last five or six years. I mean, he’s doing something right. If we didn’t want to keep him, we wouldn’t have talked to him in the first place. We’ve got now until March to find out where we’re at."
Jan 24 - 10:37 AM

Contract talks between David Backes and the Blues have apparently been put on hold.

He has a $4.5 million cap hit and will likely be looking for a significant raise, which could be difficult for the Blues to budget. Backes is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but St. Louis probably won't trade him prior to the deadline because that could hurt them come playoff time.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Jan 19 - 1:13 PM

David Backes is playing through an upper-body injury.

Coach Ken Hitchcock said Backes will sit out of practices for about a week, but he isn't expected to miss games. He hasn't scored a goal in his last nine outings and he has three assists over that time.
Jan 5 - 1:41 PM

David Backes scored his 10th goal in Thursday's 2-1 win over Nashville.

He tied the game early in the third and Vladimir Tarasenko won the game later in the frame. Backes has generated four goals and three assists over a six-game point streak.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 10:05:00 AM

David Backes recorded a Gordie Howe hat trick vs. the Dallas Stars on Saturday.

The Blues captain finished the game with a goal and an assist, but also dropped the gloves with Jamie Benn and added a hit and a blocked shot. "He’s our leader, he leads by example most nights," added defenseman Alex Pietrangelo. "Tonight’s no different. Obviously it’s ‘Captains Night’ too, so a great night for him. He played outstanding. Overall, he brings that night in, night out. Good for him."
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 10:35:00 AM

The Blues will ice the following forward lines against the powerhouse Stars Saturday night.

David Backes will play between Alexander Steen and Troy Brouwer on the second unit, while Magnus Paajarvi will skate alongside Paul Stastny and Vladimir Tarasenko on the top unit. Robby Fabbri, Jori Lehtera and Dmitrij Jaskin will make up the third unit while Scottie Upshall, Kyle Brodziak and Ryan Reaves will line up as the Blues' fourth line. Obviously the big winner here is Paajarvi provided he finishes the game on the Stastny line.
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 01:33:00 PM

David Backes scored his eighth goal of the season in the Blues' 4-2 loss to Philadelphia on Thursday night.

Backes now has 15 points in 29 games this season, which is behind his normal pace. The 31-year-old might be a good buy-low candidate since his lack of production appears to be the result of a slow start that is starting to speed up.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 11:21:00 PM

David Backes scored a goal in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Florida Panthers.

Backes' goal at the 12:52 mark of the second period cut Florida's lead to 2-1. The first 25 games have been disappointing as a whole, but he does have seven points in his last eight contests. Robby Fabbri and Colton Parayko registered the assists on St. Louis' only goal. Backes has six goals and 13 points this season.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 11:01:00 PM

David Backes produced two goals and an assist to spark the St. Louis Blues to a 3-2 victory against the struggling Jets in Winnipeg Monday night.

Backes was in on both of the Blues' goals in the first period, which ended in a 2-0 lead for St. Louis. He assisted on Vladimir Tarasenko's 11th goal of the season and then scored a power play goal on which Tarasenko registered his seventh assist of the season. Backes, with his fifth goal of the season, made it 3-2 for St. Louis on a goal at 4:24 of the third period. Kevin Shattenkirk assisted on both Backes goals and the defenseman now has four assists on the season.
Mon, Nov 16, 2015 11:28:00 PM

David Backes centered the top line during Monday's practice.

Look for him to start Monday's game versus Winnipeg between Alexander Steen and Vladimir Tarasenko. The change bumped Jori Lehtera to a combination with Dmitrij Jaskin and Troy Brouwer. Backes has had great chemistry with Steen in the past and playing with Tarasenko is sure to give him a boost as well.
Mon, Nov 16, 2015 11:52:00 AM

David Backes finally got off the schneid by scoring two goals, including the overtime winner over Minnesota on Saturday.

Three hits, blocks, and shots and Backes even bookended the Blues' scoring. A pretty great night for the Captain, who now has four points in 11 games on the season.
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 01:41:00 AM

David Backes and the St. Louis Blues were shut out by Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens.

The Blues were dominant in the first period, but they were unable to take advantage of any of their opportunities. Backes finished the game with two shots on goal and 12 hits in 20:52 of ice time. The loss snaps St. Louis' four-game winning streak.
Tue, Oct 20, 2015 11:31:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1David Backes
2Paul Stastny
3Jori Lehtera
4Kyle Brodziak
LW1Alexander Steen
2Jaden Schwartz
3Robby Fabbri
4Magnus Paajarvi
5Steve Ott
RW1Vladimir Tarasenko
2Troy Brouwer
3Dmitrij Jaskin
4Scottie Upshall
5Patrik Berglund
6Ryan Reaves
D1Kevin Shattenkirk
2Alex Pietrangelo
3Jay Bouwmeester
4Colton Parayko
5Andre Benoit
6Carl Gunnarsson
7Robert Bortuzzo
8Joel Edmundson
9Peter Harrold
G1Jake Allen
2Brian Elliott
3Pheonix Copley