Forward David Backes will be a member of the St. Louis Blues for the foreseeable future.
The club announced on Friday that the 26-year old signed a five-year extension. According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, the contract will have a yearly average of $4.5 million against the salary cap.
"David could have been an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season and we are excited that he has made the long term commitment to the Blues organization," Blues executive vice president and general manager Doug Armstrong said in a statement released by the club. "The way he handles himself on and off the ice represents what the Blues are all about."
Backes is currently in his fifth NHL season, all with the Blues, and has recorded six points (two goals and four assists) to go along with 32 penalty minutes in 14 games.
In 2009-10, Backes recorded career highs in assists with 31 and hits, and finished second on the team with 48 points.
"I am ecstatic to have this deal signed and to be a Blue for many years to come," said Backes in a statement. "My wife and I love this city and these fans have been nothing but great to us. This is a great organization to play for, from top to bottom, and we expect to be a top team in this league."
During his five-year career, Backes has appeared in a total of 296 games, amassing 162 points on 73 goals and 89 assists to go along with 439 penalty minutes.