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David Backes | Center | #42

Team: St Louis Blues
Age / DOB:  (32) / 5/1/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 221
College: Minnesota State U-Mankato
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 2 (62) / STL
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It looks like David Backes will probably end up testing the UFA market.
Blues GM Doug Armstrong is still interested in re-signing Backes, but he thinks the players that are eligible to become unrestricted free agents probably won't be re-signed before July 1. With regards to Backes specifically he said, "It's got to work for David and it's got to work for us. We haven't been able to find that common ground right now." Armstrong suggested that he is willing to include "thank you" money in the contract, presumably to reflect Backes' past service, but only to a point. Losing Backes would be a tough pill to swallow, but he's 32 so any reasonably long-term contract for him at this point runs a higher risk of being detrimental towards the end of that deal. Jun 18 - 6:29 PM

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Signing David Backes is a priority for GM Doug Armstrong, but he isn't sure what will happen.

"I thought this year for sure, the NHL got faster. It just seemed like I came to the rink one day and it was fast, and it seemed to get quicker and quicker. So I think it's trending into a younger-leg game," said Armstrong. "I think David's got a lot of good years left in him, I'd love to keep him here, but it has to work out for David and his family first and foremost and then it has to work into our math equation. But he's a priority." The 32-year-old forward had 21 goals and 45 points in 79 games in 2015-16. Backes can become an unrestricted free agent next month.
Jun 1 - 3:45 PM

David Backes hopes to sign a new deal with St. Louis.

"No question this is home. We've been here 10 years and this is what we consider home. I don't know anything else," said Backes. "Hopefully it all works out, but it is the unfortunate side of sports that guys staying with one team is rare but maybe I'm one of those rare guys. That would be great." He can become an unrestricted free agent in July, but he has said all along that he wants to stay with the only team that he has played for during his NHL career.
May 28 - 3:40 PM

St. Louis star David Backes, who was questionable for Game 5 of the Western Conference Final Monday night because of an upper-body ailment, is indeed in the Blues' lineup against the San Jose Sharks.

Ditto for Blues forward Robby Fabbri, who was dealing with a lower-body injury.
May 23 - 8:05 PM

David Backes (upper body) is skating in the St. Louis Blues' warmup, just as St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said this morning he would.

Robby Fabbri (lower body) is warming up, as well. ESPN hockey insider Pierre LeBrun is saying he would bet both Backes and Fabbri will play in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final against San Jose.
May 23 - 7:43 PM

David Backes (upper body) will take part in Monday's pregame warmup.

However, Blues coach Ken Hitchcock wouldn't say if Backes will play in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final versus San Jose. "We're going to dress the same lineup for warmup that we did the last game," Hitchcock said. "We had two extra forwards in there and one extra (defenseman). No changes, all those players are there. They'll dress for warmup and then we'll run a further evaluation after warmup." Backes played for just 5:34 on Saturday due to an upper-body injury, but he is a possibility to play Monday.
May 23 - 1:12 PM

David Backes didn't play in the second or third periods of Saturday's Game 4 win over the Sharks.

Backes took his final shift of the game late in the first period and stayed on the bench for the rest of the night. It's unclear how he got injured, but there are two theories. He either suffered a head injury after making contact with Sharks defenseman Brent Burns or he suffered a leg injury after losing an edge. The Blues didn't provide much of an update after the game, but Ken Hithchcock did say he expects his captain to be able to play in Game 5.
May 22 - 9:23 AM

David Backes' strong playoff should give him a boost when it comes to any future contract negotiations with the Blues.

Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported in late January that talks between the Blues and Backes had been infrequent since Backes turned down a three-year offer worth about $5.5 million per season. St. Louis may be more interested in keeping him now and that should increase if the team advances in the postseason. It will be interesting to see what the Blues decide.
May 17 - 1:10 PM

David Backes scored his seventh goal of the postseason in a 2-1 win over the San Jose Sharks in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final.

He opened the scoring when he tipped in a point shot from Kevin Shattenkirk on the power play. Backes has earned two goals and three assists during a four-game point streak. He has 13 points in 15 matches in the 2016 playoffs.
May 16 - 8:16 AM

David Backes posted a goal and an assist in a 6-1 win over Dallas in Game 7 on Wednesday night.

The St. Louis captain is having his best NHL playoffs, with six goals and 12 points in 14 contests. Backes had five goals and 13 points in his previous 29 postseason outings.
May 12 - 8:18 AM

David Backes scored twice in the Blues 6-1 blowout of Dallas in Game 3 to help St. Louis take a 2-1 series lead.

The Blues captain now has back-to-back games with two points and has been credited with the game winner in both the wins. He has three game winners in these playoffs alone. That is eight points in 10 games for Backes. Vladimir Tarasenko scored and added two assists and Alex Steen added two goals in the blowout win. The Blues best players have been great the last two games and that has led to wins.
May 4 - 3:05 AM

David Backes scored the overtime winner in St. Louis' 4-3 win over the Stars in Game 2.

Backes was standing in front of the net while the Blues' were on the power play, and he buried a rebound by Stars goalie Antti Niemi. Backes finished with a goal, an assist and seven hits in 20:55 of ice time on his 32nd birthday. Alex Steen and Kevin Shattenkirk assisted on the game-winning goal. The Blues and Stars will head to St. Louis with their best of-seven series tied 1-1.
May 1 - 6:27 PM

David Backes came through for St. Louis during Game 5 on Thursday.

Down 3-1 heading into the third period, David Backes deftly redirected Alex Pietrangelo's shot from the point knot the game at three with 5:10 to go. The Blues would eventually fall 4-3 in double overtime, but it's not because Backes' presence hasn't been felt. He has two goals and four points in five games this series.
Apr 22 - 1:50 AM

David Backes maintained his point-per-game through three games with an assist during Sunday's Game 3 win over Chicago.

Backes now boasts two assists and three points through three games. The captain also dished out eight hits during the game, while winning half his draws.
Apr 17 - 6:58 PM

David Backes banked a shot in off a Blackhawk's defender at 9:04 of overtime, helping the Blues to a 1-0 win in Game 1.

It was his first ever playoff overtime goal and it was the only goal scored on this evening. The lucky bounce came about midway through the overtime period when his centering pass when in off Chicago defender Trevor van Riemsdyk and through the legs of Corey Crawford. The Blackhawks were doing a great job of blocking shots in this game, holding the Blues to just 18 overall but Brian Elliott was the difference.
Apr 14 - 12:51 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1David Backes
2Paul Stastny
3Jori Lehtera
4Kyle Brodziak
5Ivan Barbashev
LW1Alexander Steen
2Jaden Schwartz
3Robby Fabbri
4Magnus Paajarvi
5Steve Ott
6Ty Rattie
RW1Vladimir Tarasenko
2Troy Brouwer
3Dmitrij Jaskin
4Scottie Upshall
5Patrik Berglund
6Ryan Reaves
D1Kevin Shattenkirk
2Alex Pietrangelo
3Jay Bouwmeester
4Colton Parayko
5Joel Edmundson
6Carl Gunnarsson
7Robert Bortuzzo
8Chris Butler
9Peter Harrold
10Petteri Lindbohm
11Jordan Schmaltz
G1Jake Allen
2Jordan Binnington
3Anders Nilsson