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With Roy in St. Louis, Backes may move to the wing

Jul 7, 2013, 1:17 PM EDT

David Backes AP

Derek Roy signing a one-year deal with the Blues gives coach Ken Hitchcock some options what he can do with his lines. Roy’s a playmaker and if there’s something St. Louis could use it’s more offense.

One move they might make, as Norm Sanders of the Bellevue News-Democrat shares, is to move David Backes to the wing. GM Doug Armstrong says Hitchcock has plenty of flexibility now.

“I think it has a chance to be a very difficult group to defend,” Armstrong said. “I think Ken’s got a lot of different options. We have a lot of options and we’ve found a natural center iceman that can produce points.”

There’s no question the Blues are tough to play against and moving Backes perhaps to Roy’s wing would give them one definitive scoring line.

St. Louis has loads of talent, but getting consistent offense will push them to be Stanley Cup contenders. That and not playing the Los Angeles in the playoffs would help too.

  1. r4n6er - Jul 7, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    His lack of size is almost anti-blues. He can make an impact but it is limited due to his size, we saw it first hand in Van.

  2. kgun80 - Jul 7, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    It’s not his size.. As a Sabres fan I can tell you. The guy has all the skill and could be a very good player. But, he quits on plays he gets frustrated easily and it shows in his play. And just a heads up to all the blues fans the guy will very rarely get involved in the dirty areas of the game. He will make some awesome plays and at times show lots of skill but he doesn’t have much heart.

  3. rushledger - Jul 7, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    If backes goes back to the wing e can kiss any Selke recognition goodbye, they hate nominating wingers. Kunitz had the best plus minus in the NHL for most of last season, didn’t even get a nod, joke.

  4. desertfan - Jul 7, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    WAAAAAAAY overpaid!!

  5. beerjunkie - Jul 7, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    This is a good signing for the Blues.

  6. 22bju - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:37 PM

    He’ll fit in nicely.
    Blues are one of, if not the, grittiest teams in the league. Every other center ice men they have is over 6’2″ and 200 lbs.

    He just needs to feed the puck to finishers.

  7. therolandobottom - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    Jesus I want Backes on the Bruins!

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