From Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
JR: You got an interesting phone call from your agent when you were in Hawaii. He told you that Vancouver had made an offer for $7.5 million. What was going through your mind on the phone?
DB: “It was the last morning of the honeymoon and it was a good wedding present. I’d been clued in the night before that there might be a team trying to trade for me and that anything could happen. But to get that call was a surprise . . . I wasn’t expecting it.”
JR: Either way, you’re going to make $7.5 million for the next three years, but it could be with Vancouver or the Blues. At that point, are you torn a little bit?
DB: “Yeah, it’s one of those things where I love the city of St. Louis and I’m set up here. My wife is set up here. She’s going to school now and volunteers at the Stray Rescue of St. Louis shelter. It’s like if you’re offered a raise to move . . . a lot of people take those all the time. It’s one of those things where that’s where the game has become a business and it’s a business decision. Now, I’m fortunate that they matched it and I’ll be here for the next three years. Everything worked out great.”
Read the entire interview here.
You can’t blame Backes for signing the offer with the Canucks, almost every single player in the NHL would jump at that opportunity.