By keeping Ken Hitchcock around for another season, there’s a feeling that the St. Louis Blues are taking a pit stop at this fork in the road. They can’t push the “pause” button with every decision, however.

It doesn’t get much bigger than deciding whether to let your 32-year-old captain David Backes walk or ante up to keep him around.

Blues GM Doug Armstrong spoke to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about a variety of off-season topics, including some comments that instantly seem like wishful thinking about Kirk Muller (Muller’s out, despite Armstrong’s hopes).

The veteran executive says that Backes is a “priority,” yet that’s also how he described re-signing Jaden Schwartz … and his full thoughts on Backes really keep us in the dark rather than shining a light on his thinking.