In a week where the Blues have lost two games in a row and forward T.J. Oshie for at least three months with a broken ankle, there is finally some good news. Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today they have reached a five-year, $22.5 million dollar contract extension with David Backes. I am so happy this deal got done so early in the season. Backes would have been an unrestricted free agent next summer and I am sure there are some teams who would have pushed hard to sign him. I think this contract is perfect in terms of both money and years. There were some people saying Backes was looking for at least $5 million a year, so the fact that he signed for $4.5 million a year shows he really wants to stay in St. Louis. Hopefully with this deal getting done, the Blues can focus on some other contract issues. They have some big names that will be restricted free agents next summer including Oshie, Patrik Berglund, Matt D’Agostini, Vladimir Sobotka, and Roman Polak.
In other good news, Blues defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo returned to practice Thursday and said he could return to the Blues lineup Monday when they take on the Colorado Avalanche. Colaiacovo has been out since suffering a concussion October 28 against Nashville when Jordin Tootoo blindsided him behind the net. I really hope Carlo can play Monday. He his a huge part of the power play, which has struggled even more since he got hurt, and it would be nice to have him back on the point.
All in all its been a good start to the weekend for the Blues. Lets hope they can keep that momentum going and beat the Coyotes tomorrow night in Phoenix.
Topics: Carlo Colaiacovo, Colorado Avalanche, Concussion, Contract, David Backes, Doug Armstrong, Extension, Jordin Tootoo, Matt D'Agostini, Nashville Predators, Patrik Berglund, Phoenix Coyotes, Power Play, Roman Polak, St. Louis Blues, T.J. Oshie, Vladimir Sobotka