Anaheim Ducks right winger David Backes, second from left, smiles as he is congratulated by teammates after scoring against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in San Jose, Calif. Anaheim won 5-1. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
The Ducks’ David Backes, second from left, is congratulated by teammates after scoring against San Jose last month. The former Blues captain could be playing in his last NHL season.
Former Blues captain David Backes is in town, probably for the final time as a player.
Backes, 37, is in the final year of the five-year, $30 million contract he signed with Boston after he and the Blues couldn’t come to terms after the 2015-16 season. Boston, needing to clear space under the salary cap, traded Backes, his ice time limited by injuries and the toll they have taken, to Anaheim at the deadline last season and he has continued to not play much.
Backes told reporters last week that retiring was a “possibility, I’d say it’s more of a probability, but it’s not a certainty.” He said he has put off making the decision until after the season because he wanted to be sure he won’t change his mind.
“When I say that’s enough, I’d like it to be enough and not have to go back and forth,” he said. “That’s just kind of where I’m at.”
Of course, the decision might not be his alone. This season,…