LOUIS – St. Louis Blues’ President John Davidson
announced today the club has signed defenseman Christian
Backman to a multi-year deal.
“We feel that signing Christian long term is an improvement
for our hockey club considering the quality minutes he logs
each game,” said Davidson. “He is a key component
to our organization now and for the future.”
Backman, 26, played in 52 games last season with the Blues,
recording 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) along with a
career-high 48 penalty minutes. He appeared in his 100th
career NHL game on March 5, 2006 at Vancouver. The Alingsas,
Sweden native skated in eight games at the 2006 Winter Games
in Turin, Italy and helped Team Sweden win the gold medal.
Backman made his NHL debut with St. Louis on Feb. 11, 2003,
becoming the fifth Swedish born player to play for the Blues.
The 6-4, 198-pound defenseman was originally St. Louis’
first choice, 24th overall, in the 1998 Entry Draft.