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Sports David Backes signs one-day contract, retires as member of Blues

19:26  09 september  2021
19:26  09 september  2021 Source:   prohockeyrumors.com

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David Backes ' heart never left St. Louis, and that was never more evident than on May 5 when he suited up for what would be his final game at Enterprise Center. On Thursday, Backes signed a one - day contract with St. Louis so he could retire as a Blue . He also penned this heartfelt goodbye to say thank you to everyone who played a part in his storied 15-year NHL career. Following my last game, it was clear to me that I needed to retire as a member of the St. Louis Blues .

The 37-year-old Backes signed a one - day contract with the Blues on Thursday and announced his retirement . Backes ’ playing career ended in a fitting way on May 5 when, as a member of the Ducks, he played his final game against the Blues in St. Louis. He received plenty of love during the game at Enterprise Center, a building where he provided many great memories. In a letter posted on the Blues ’ website, Backes detailed his career and thanked those who helped him along the way. Following my last game, it was clear to me that I needed to retire as a member of the St. Louis Blues .

The St. Louis Blues brought David Backes home. The veteran forward signed a ceremonial one-day contract with the team to announce his retirement from hockey. Backes released a long letter to the organization and the fans of St. Louis, including an explanation of just why he has chosen to hang up the skates at this point:

David Backes et al. in front of a crowd: David Backes (21) salutes the crowd in a game against the St. Louis Blues in the first period at Enterprise Center. © Jeff Le-USA TODAY Sports David Backes (21) salutes the crowd in a game against the St. Louis Blues in the first period at Enterprise Center.

"The game got faster and younger and I haven’t been associated with either of those adjectives in a long time.

"My final goal was to play 1,000 games, but I came up 35 short.

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Former St. Louis Blues captain David Backes signed a one - day deal with the franchise on Thursday and subsequently announced his retirement from the NHL after a 15-year career. "Following my last game, it was clear to me that I needed to retire as a member of the St. Louis Blues ," Backes said The Blues selected Backes in the second round of the 2003 NHL Draft. He made his NHL debut for the franchise during the 2006-07 season and spent 10 years in St. Louis, tallying 460 points (206 goals, 254 assists) in 727 games. Backes joined the Boston Bruins as a free agent after the 2015-16 campaign

Former captain David Backes signed a one - day contract with the St. Louis Blues on Thursday to retire with the franchise. The 37-year-old from Minneapolis hangs up his skates having scored 248 goals and 313 assists in 965 regular season games over 15 seasons with the Blues , Boston Bruins and Anaheim Ducks. St. Louis selected Backes in the second round, 62nd overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, and he spent the first decade of his NHL career with the club. He was named captain in 2011. Backes signed with the Bruins as a free agent in 2016 and was traded to the Ducks in February 2020.

"In the end, it’s not that all these numbers don’t matter – they do, and I am damn proud of them. But the metrics that mean the most to me are the countless experiences and everlasting relationships that the game provided me.

"That’s what I find is beyond measure."

Backes, 37, played a decade in St. Louis to start his career, ascending to the captaincy of the Blues by 2011. He scored 206 goals and 460 points in 727 regular-season games with the team but was unable to find much success in the postseason. In his time there the Blues reached the Western Conference Final just once, and by then he was already slowing down. In 2016 he was one of several high-profile free agents who signed expensive, long-term deals that failed to pan out as the league underwent a transformation toward youth and speed.

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He signed a one - day contract with the team to end his NHL career. The contract was signed Thursday and Backes penned a heartfelt message to St. Louis fans, which you can read on NHL.com/ Blues . "Following my last game, it was clear to me that I needed to retire as a member of It is where my wife and I grew into adulthood and it was the organization we needed to retire with. The feeling was mutual with the Blues and I am so humbled that this journey has come full circle for me to end this amazing ride with the same organization that called my name at the draft 18 years ago."

David Backes of the Boston Bruins skates against Derick Brassard of the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden on April 19, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. Photo by Maddie Meyer /Getty Images. Article content. David Backes signed a ceremonial one - day contract Thursday with the St. Louis Blues and announced his retirement . “Following my last game, it was clear to me that I needed to retire as a member of the St. Louis Blues ,” Backes wrote in an essay posted on the Blues website.

That second chapter of his career came in Boston, where he managed just 39 goals over 217 games, his declining speed slowly moving him further and further down the lineup. Always aware of his waning effectiveness, Backes decided to embrace a new role as a sort of enforcer for the Bruins by 2019, adding physicality and toughness to the fourth line.

When he was scratched more often than not during the first part of the 2019-20 season, the Bruins ended up trading Backes to the Anaheim Ducks, where he finished out his career with 21 appearances. That took the veteran forward to 965 games played, 35 short of his goal as he explained in his letter. Though he failed to win any major awards, Backes was a Selke Trophy finalist in 2012 and finished in the top five for that award four years in a row. A fan favorite in St. Louis, he’ll now be able to say he finished his career where it started.

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Longtime NHL player David Backes signed a one - day contract with the St. Louis Blues earlier Wednesday morning. After this move, he announced his retirement from professional hockey. This was a very kind gesture by the organization to let Backes retire as a member of the club he spent much David Backes Retires From NHL. Backes has spent more than a decade in the NHL, a decade and a half to be exact. In his 15 year career, he spent a whopping 10 of those seasons with the St. Louis Blues . He played 727 games with the organization, scoring 206 times and racking up 254 assists to

Sign In. David Backes is calling it a career. The longtime NHL forward, whose career included stints with the St. Louis Blues , Boston Bruins and Anaheim Ducks, officially retired Thursday. He marked the occasion by signing a one - day contract with the Blues , the team he spent the bulk of his career on and had the most success As Backes sort of alludes to, the writing had been on the wall. As this past season wound down and his contract expired, it became evident that 2021 was his swan song. Coincidentally, the final game of his career was in St. Louis, although he was playing for the Ducks.

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