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Bruising Backes ready to show his speed

by Dave Lozo / NHL.com
David Backes isn't a finesse player, so when the St. Louis Blues forward was asked what he'd like to do during Saturday's skills competition, he didn't mess around.

"I'm hoping there's a hitting competition or something," Backes said.

Backes said he's willing to do whatever is asked of him, even if it winds up embarrassing him.

"Apparently the fastest skater isn't something guys like to do," Backes said. "If that's what I have to do, that's what I have to do. I'll record the highest time ever. Hopefully our timer's a sundial and not a stopwatch."

Backes' physical style doesn't endear him to other players, but he said everyone's been pretty cordial so far.

"The guys I've frankly tried to make mad my whole career, to see them on a night like this, they've been pretty nice," Backes said.

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