New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Christian Backman from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Backman, 27, has appeared in 45 games with the St. Louis Blues this season, registering one goal and nine assists for 10 points, along with 30 penalty minutes. He ranks fourth on the Blues among defensemen in assists (nine) and points (10). In addition, Backman recorded a season-high, two points (one goal and one assist) on January 13 vs. Vancouver, and registered four points (one goal and three assists) in a five games from January 2 to January 13. He skated in his 200th career NHL game on November 19 vs. Nashville.
In 2006-07, he collected seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points, along with 36 penalty minutes in 61 games with St. Louis. While establishing new career-highs in goals (seven) and plus/minus rating (plus-13), Backman ranked second on the team in plus/minus rating and second in average icetime (22:09). He also led all St. Louis Blues’ defensemen in goals (seven), and ranked third in assists (11) and points (18).
The 6-4, 210-pound defenseman has skated in 228 career NHL contests with the St. Louis Blues, recording 19 goals and 45 assists for 64 points, along with 130 penalty minutes. In 2003-04, he established career-highs in games played (66) and assists (13). He made his NHL debut on February 11, 2003 at Buffalo, and recorded his first NHL goal on October 22, 2003 at Vancouver.
A native of Gothenburg, Sweden, Backman was originally St. Louis’s first pick, 24th overall, in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.