St. Louis Blues' David Backes, left, takes up position in front of San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones during the second period of an NHL hockey game Monday, Feb. 22, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -
The number of big-name players lost to the St. Louis Blues grows to three as the team is in the thick of the free agency period.
Last week, it was announced the Blues traded away No. 1 goaltender Brian Elliott to the Calgary Flames for a second-round draft pick and a conditional pick.
Now, in day one of free agency, the Blues lost two veterans in David Backes and Troy Brouwer.
Backes signed a 5-year/$30 million contract with the Boston Bruins. Backes was drafted by the Blues in 2003 and played with the team since 2005. He was named captain of the team in 2011 and has been a leader on the team ever since.
Brouwer, who came to the Blues in a trade last season with the Washington Capitals in exchange for T.J. Oshie, quickly became one of the main contributors on the team. He finished the season third in goals.
Now, Brouwer will be joining Elliott in Calgary on a 4-year/$18 million contract.
In addition to losing Backes and Brouwer, the Blues managed to sign a former Blue in David Perron. The contract Perron signed is for two years and is worth $7.5 million
The Blues drafted Perron in 2007 and traded him away in the summer of 2013.
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