The St. Louis Blues might have made one final effort to bring back the captain David Backes, but it became evident that Doug Armstrong and company were not willing to hand out the crazy money that was available on the first day of NHL free agency. Backes run as a Blue ends after 10 seasons, as he agrees to a 5-year contract worth a reported $30 million with the Boston Bruins.
The Bruins were willing to give Backes a certain amount of guaranteed security, according to KTRS Hockey insider and the host of Hockey Sense, Andy Strickland.
— Andy Strickland (@andystrickland) July 1, 2016
Backes, 32, is coming off a 21-goal regular season. It was in the playoffs that Backes really showed what type of player he still is, but scoring 7 goals, with 14 points.
The Stanley Cup Playoffs also saw a new hero emerge in Troy Brouwer, as he scored 8 goals, including the game winner in the deciding game 7 vs. Chicago. Brouwer agrees to a 4-year deal with a AAV of reportedly $4.5 million.