Center David Backes signed a five-year, $30 million contract with the Boston Bruins on Friday. They also agreed to terms on a two-year deal with bottom six forward Chris Stewart as the free agent period opened.
The Blues turned back the clock with their first signing in free agency, and meanwhile, the captain is moving on. He has 27 points in 49 playoff games.
Backes had 21 goals and 24 assists during the 2015-16 season.
The native of West Seneca, New York has 184 goals and 236 assists over 790 career games with the Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs, Phoenix Coyotes, Calgary Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, Winnipeg Jets, New Jersey Devils and Boston Bruins. Kyle Okposo, 28, signed a seven-year deal worth $6 million with Atlantic Division rival Buffalo Sabres, who now also have the inside track on Harvard's Jimmy Vesey.
Along with the departures of Elliott and winger Troy Brouwer, who signed with the Flames on Friday, the Blues have now lost arguably the three biggest contributors to their deep playoff run this past season. Backup goaltender Carter Hutton, formerly of Nashville, will sign a two-year, $2.25 million deal ($1.125 AAV) with the team, according to league sources.
Now, Brouwer will be joining Elliott in Calgary on a 4-year/$18 million contract.