The St. Louis Blues want to get their captain, David Backes, locked up to a new multi-year deal, but the veteran center wants a longer-term contract.
As the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported recently, the Blues have offered Backes a three-year contract worth $5.5 million per season, but Backes is looking for more years.
In his latest "30 Thoughts" column on Sportsnet.ca, Elliotte Friedman reported rumors suggesting the Blues are willing to go up to $6 million per year on a four-year deal.
The two sides continue to talk, but it's believed Backes wants at least a five-year commitment from the Blues or he will test the waters as an unrestricted free agent July 1.
The Blues don't have a lot of salary cap space to play around with, and GM Doug Armstrong is expected to explore the trade waters on some of his players, including defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, which could free up some extra dollars.
It has also been widely reported that the Blues will agree to terms on a contract with forward Vladimir Sobotka and bring him back from the KHL.