Until this season, the St. Louis Blues were all David Backes knew as an NHL player. For 727 regular-season and 49 postseason games, they were his identity.
“It was a time when I was able to grow as a person and as an athlete. Start a family, start a foundation,” he said.
Backes wasn’t in the plans for the Blues last summer, at least not at the contractual terms the Boston Bruins eventually extended to him: Five years and $30 million. He already faced his old mates once in a loss to the Blues in Boston back on Nov. 22, 2016, a game in which he scored a goal.
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