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David Backes, who just completed his junior season at Minnesota State Mankato, has signed a deal with the St. Louis Blues. Backes reportedly did not sign for the rookie maximum, but got pretty close to it. He'll start out immediately with the Peoria Rivermen of the AHL. Best of luck to a very classy player in his future endeavors.

Alex Kangas committed to the Gophers for the 2007 season. It's a big signing for the Gophers, who got a suitable replacement for Kellen Briggs, but also pretty much what was expected. Once Kangas decided to play another year of juniors, he was pretty much destined to be a Gopher.