David Backes RUMORS & NEWS

  • Blues' David Backes: 'Nothing holding me back'

    CBS Sports "Backes (lower body) said there's "nothing hold me back at this point" and is expected to be ready for the postseason, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports." April 10

  • Blues' GM: Trading Backes 'would be an injustice' to teammates

    The Score "St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong has no interest in dealing captain David Backes ahead of the trade deadline. Though the 31-year-old center's had an underwhelming season with just 15 goals and 33 points through 63 games, Armstrong hasn't toyed with the idea of asking Backes to..." February 26

  • Blues won’t re-sign Backes before deadline

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Blues general manager Doug Armstrong will not be afforded the opportunity he had hoped for a month ago, to get a gauge on his team at full strength before the NHL trade deadline. With injuries to Alex Pietrangelo, Alexander Steen and Brian Elliott in the last three weeks, he acknowledged that his..." February 26

  • Blues, Backes hope to work out a deal

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "David Backes remembers thinking to himself after signing a five-year contract extension in November 2010 that the deal would last “forever.” For Backes, then 26, it was the beginning of many thrills. He was invited by Team USA to the first of two Olympics in 2010, selected for his first..." January 25

  • Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews fights David Backes again

    CBS Sports "Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is not a fighter, but he has surprisingly found himself in the middle of one twice in the past week. Keep in mind that this is a player that before this season had fought just three times in his entire career. But after fighting Adam Henrique of the New..." November 15

  • Report: No fine or suspension coming for Toews or Backes

    Pro Hockey Talk "There was quite a bit of carnage between the Chicago Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues on Saturday, but a fine or suspension won’t come out of it. That’s the word from the Chicago Tribune’s Mark Lazerus this morning, following Chicago’s 4-2 victory. So nothing extra for Jonathan Toews, David..." November 15

  • GM Ron Hextall addresses David Backes rumors

    Newark Star-Ledger "Despite what's out there on the Internet, it appears there is absolutely zero truth about the Flyers exploring a trade for St. Louis Blues star center David Backes, who is entering the walk year of his contract. "Be careful of Internet reports," Flyers GM Ron Hextall said Thursday. One..." September 07

  • No supplemental discipline for Backes after Alzner hit

    Pro Hockey Talk "St. Louis captain David Backes won’t face any further punishment for boarding Washigton’s Karl Alzner during Sunday’s game, per the Post-Dispatch. Backes was given a five-minute boarding major and game misconduct for this hit, which occurred early in the second period of the Blues’ 4-2 win." February 02

  • With Backes setting the example, Blues' top line is heating up

    Fox Sports Midwest "A hard-working veteran line hitting its stride has provided the spark for a Blues offense averaging nearly four goals per game in December. Alexander Steen, T.J. Oshie and David Backes finished last season as the top three points leaders for St. Louis, so it came as no surprise when the team..." December 16

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    St. Louis Blues @StLouisBlues

    Both Backes and Oshie won't play tonight. Hitchcock says both have been diagnosed with concussions. #stlblues

  • Blues captain Backes suffers upper-body injury

    Sportsnet "St. Louis Blues captain David Backes was forced to leave Tuesday’s 4-3 overtime win over the Dallas Stars after suffering what the team is calling an upper-body injury. Late in the first period, Backes was hit by Stars defenceman Trevor Daley and fell to the ice. Backes was slow to get up, but..." October 29

  • David Backes' health status remains in question

    CSN Chicago "St. Louis Blues captain David Backes was sidelined during Game 3 with an injury after suffering from a big hit delivered by Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook in Game 2 of their opening-round playoff series. Whether Backes will be back on the ice on Wednesday remains to be seen...." April 23

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    Lou Korac @lkorac10

    #stlblues starters: Ott-Steen-Oshie; Bouwmeester-Pietrangelo; Miller. Backes officially scratched.

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    Chris Kuc @ChrisKuc

    Blues coach Ken Hitchcock: "We get (David) Backes back in the next two or three games, we're going to even go higher." #Blackhawks

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    Hockey Central @SNHockeyCentral

    David Backes will not play tonight for the St Louis Blues, Coach Hitchcock says.

  • Blues captain Backes (foot) out tonight, ‘potentially’ until playoffs

    Pro Hockey Talk "Mired in one of their worst slumps of the year, the Blues received some tough news on Thursday as captain David Backes was ruled out of tonight’s game against Minnesota with an injured foot. The Blues are reeling lately — 5-5-0 in their last 10, losers of three straight — and have seen their..." April 10

  • Avalanche publicly tones down David Backes-Nathan MacKinnon incident

    Denver Post "Our online story from Tuesday’s morning skate at Rexall Place looks at Avalanche coach Patrick Roy going with Jean-Sebastien Giguere against the Oilers and the status of injured forwards P.A. Parenteau and Cody McLeod. You don’t have to click there to know Roy is using the same lineup from..." April 09

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    Jeremy Rutherford @jprutherford

    Update: Backes has an upper-body injury and will be re-evaluated tomorrow. #stlblues

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    Chris Kerber @chriskerber

    David Backes will not play tonight and is listed as day to day.

  • Backes off to the best start of his career

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The spotlight has been bright on Blues forward Alexander Steen these past many weeks, as well it might. What has been taking place in the big shadow Steen is casting has been equally impressive. David Backes, noted in his career for slow starts, has 11 goals and 24 points after scoring a goal..." November 29

  • Hitchcock tries to lighten Backes' load

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Blues coach Ken Hitchcock has altered his forward combinations several times this season, but Tuesday’s changes were notable for two reasons. First, Hitchcock split up center David Backes and right winger T.J. Oshie, who were together for each of the team’s first 25 games. Secondly, he broke up..." March 13

  • It's Going To Be "Take David Backes To School Day" For Some Lucky Kid

    St. Louis Game Time "David Backes is a smart guy. While at Minnesota State University, the Blues' captain studied electrical engineering and actually considered hockey a fall-back career. After leaving school his senior year to join up with the Peoria Rivermen, Backes has been trying to finish his degree, but..." February 28

  • Backes is a game-time decision tonight

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Blues captain David Backes, who left Thursday's practice early with a groin strain, skated gingerly during today's morning skate but made it through the end. He's listed as a game-time decision for tonight's game against Calgary. If Backes does not play, it would end his consecutive games..." February 15

  • Backes is finalist for Selke Trophy

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Blues forward David Backes is one of three finalists for the Selke Trophy as the NHL's top defensive forward. Pavel Datsyuk of Detroit and Patrice Bergeron of Boston are the other finalists. "It's quite an honor to be up for any award," Backes said after practice Monday. "I think we're the most..." April 24

  • Captain Backes leads the way for Blues

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "David Backes has experienced a lot during his time in St. Louis. He has never experienced a more successful stretch of hockey. The Blues have to win 13 of their final 33 games to become the winningest team Backes has played with since he donned the Note in 2006-07. Isn't it funny how that..." February 02

  • Backes has 2 goals, 2 assists as Blues win

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "A few games ago, the Blues traded in their "Hard hat of the game" for the "Weenie hat." Several players had won it recently, but none dared to wear it in their postgame television interview. Until Saturday. After a four-point night that lifted the Blues to a 4-2 victory over Buffalo, David..." January 22

  • Backes takes leadership mantle

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "When Ken Hitchcock replaced Davis Payne as the coach of the Blues on Nov. 6, he was looking for help. The Blues didn't need a new voice in the room, they needed a familiar voice to translate a new message. Hitchcock would have to lean on the coaching staff that was in place to implement it. But..." December 13

  • Backes' goal keeps Blues rolling

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "T.J. Oshie's behind-the-back pass to David Backes for a power-play goal, which proved to be the game-winner in the Blues' 2-1 victory Sunday, was executed well enough that Columbus goalie Curtis Sanford believed it to be a set play. But that hardly was the case. "I told 'Osh' after we got..." November 28

  • David Backes making progress

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Blues forward David Backes was making progress Sunday after suffering an upper-body injury Saturday night in Philadelphia. Backes was injured in the second period of the Blues' 4-2 win, when he collided with Flyers defenseman and former Blue Chris Pronger. Backes appeared to hit his head on the..." October 24

  • Backes the perfect fit for captain's role

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The baseball Cardinals have not had a "captain" in the clubhouse since Ken Boyer carried the distinction in the early 1960s. The NFL Rams have three captains, a separation of powers that seems as constitutional as it is purposeful. Hockey is a different animal. Every NHL team has a captain, a..." October 02

  • Backes reaches 30-30-30 status ... can he keep it?

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "David Backes might not have said it publicly, but it was a goal of his to reach 30 goals again this season. He set a career high two years ago with 31, but his production fell off last season, dropping to 17. "A lot of guys give me grief that it was a fluke the first time I did it," Backes..." April 06

  • Backes tops his goal total from last year

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "It's not vindication, by any stretch. David Backes need not have regrets. But certainly there were some heads being scratched when he followed a 31-goal season in 2008-09 with a 17-goal deposit in 2009-10. The discrepancy inevitably raised the question: Which player is he, a 31-goal scorer or a..." February 10