David Backes is retiring after a 15-year NHL career. 

Backes, 37, signed a one-day contract Thursday with the St. Louis Blues, the team he spent 10 seasons with, to retire as a member of the organization. 

Even after he left St. Louis in free agency in 2016 to join the Boston Bruins, all roads pointed back to the city. He and the Bruins lost to the Blues in the 2019 Stanley Cup Final. The final game of his NHL career came in St. Louis while wearing an Anaheim Ducks jersey. 

“It was clear to me that I needed to retire as a member of the St. Louis Blues,” in an essay for NHL.com. “That night reiterated that St. Louis was my home. It is where my wife and I

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