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Ducks at Blues GameDay Thread: Thank you, David Backes

Tonight is probably the last rodeo in St. Louis for the former Blues captain.

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I will just leave this here for your perusal:

Tarasenko, unfortunately, re-aggravated his injury on Monday night. Dunn is still out, and Krug is a question mark. I’m not sure how any of this, plus Blais being out, equates to Zach Sanford being on a line with Jaden Schwartz and Tyler Bozak, especially when Jordan Kyrou is available, but that’s just how it is.

Tonight may or may not be David Backes’ last trip through St. Louis, but dime to a dollar, if he makes his retirement official, it’ll be BackesWatch for fans. Why? The Blues have a habit of offering positions to beloved old players, and that adage about athletes retiring here, regardless of if they finished their careers here, is true. This town just sucks people in. The team does, too. Even though his team, the Boston Bruins were playing for the Stanley Cup in game seven (and Backes was scratched), his thoughts still returned to the Blues:

”Part of me during that Final said ‘I’m going to either win a Cup with Boston or St. Louis is going to get the Cup they’ve wanted for so long.’ I’ll admit, I paced in the locker room and didn’t see anything after the second period (in Game 7), but it was a little bit of consolation knowing St. Louis got what they waited 50 years for.”

Some people may be upset with him still for leaving, but in the long run, it was the best for the Blues and the best for Backes. Now it appears that retirement is the right choice for him.

Congrats on an outstanding career, David.

This is your GameDay Thread. Comment like you miss Captain America.

Let’s do this. Let’s Go Blues.