David Backes is set to retire. And he's doing it as a Blue.
The St. Louis Blues announced Thursday that Backes has signed a one-day contract with the club. The former Blues captain will use that day to retire with the team that drafted him and for which he played 10 seasons.
Backes was a second-round pick by the Blues in 2003. He played for St. Louis from 2006-16, the last five as captain, and tallied 460 points (206 goals, 254 assists) in 727 regular-season games. The forward then rounded out his 15-year NHL career with the Boston Bruins and Anaheim Ducks.
Backes is one of just 14 players to spend a decade with the Blues, who made the playoffs six times during Backes' tenure. He ranks seventh in Blues history in regular-season games played, seventh in goals, 10th in assists, seventh in points and fifth in penalty minutes.
(Top photo of David Backes courtesy St. Louis Blues)