Former St. Louis Blues captain David Backes said he got goosebumps thinking about joining a team that already includes centers Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci.These guys get it, the free-agent forward said Friday after signing with the Boston Bruins in the first 30 minutes of NHL free agency. They know what its going to take to win. Thats what sold me on it. ... If you have prominent players that are putting team first, the rest of the guys really have no choice.A two-time U.S. Olympian, Backes agreed to a five-year, $30 million deal with the Bruins and said he hoped to help the Original Six club return to the playoffs for the first time in three seasons. Listing off some of the players already on the roster, Backes said it was more of a retooling than a rebuilding.Some guys would have looked at it like, Youve already got Bergeron and Krejci, where will I play? David said, Boy, I get to play with Bergeron and Krejci, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said. These guys are going to be the leading core to get us where we want to go. The younger guys are going to have to get on board.Backes, 32, is the first major addition this offseason for a team that won the 2011 Stanley Cup and returned to the finals two years later. The team re-signed defenseman Torey Krug and bought out the contract of defenseman Dennis Seidenberg on Thursday. Free agents Loui Eriksson and Lee Stempniak agreed to deals with the Canucks and Carolina, respectively.Also signing with Boston on the first day of free agency were defensemen Tommy Cross and John-Michael Liles, goalie Anton Khudobin, and forwards Riley Nash, Tyler Randell and Tim Schaller.Theyre trying to get pieces back that will get them over the hump, Backes said. They barely missed the playoffs last year, and if they had [made it] I dont think anyone would have wanted to play them.Backes had 21 goals and 24 assists last season for the Blues. In a 10-year NHL career -- all with St. Louis -- he has 206 goals and 254 assists in 727 regular-season games.Backes, whos from Minneapolis, said it was difficult for his family to leave St. Louis, the team that selected him in the second round of the 2003 draft.It was tough in that its all Ive known, he said in a conference call with reporters. It happens a lot in this business, it hasnt happened to us. But change is good.Backes bid farewell to St. Louis in a lengthy Twitter post:Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said talks with his captain broke down over the length of the deal.I had no problem bringing David Backes back, and I wish we could have, he said. I wasnt comfortable with the term. It was problematic for me, personally, to [sign] out that far with players. Theres analytical data [that] shows where players play at their peak, and we wanted to try and stay within a window. 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Parramattas salary cap woes are almost over with the club agreeing to release troubled star Kieran Foran from the remainder of his NRL contract.Fridays development comes as the Eels and the NRL are believed to be close to striking a deal to ensure the club doesnt appeal the loss of 12 competition points for salary-cap breaches.It is understood the governing body is considering reducing the $1 million fine to try to stop the standoff heading to the Supreme Court and finally bring an end to the long-running saga.The Eels are closer to freeing up their books, wiping off what had been left of Forans lucrative $5 million, four-year deal.It is unknown whether the club agreed to the $200,000 severance package reportedly requested this week by Forans management.The Eels announced their decision to release Foran on Friday afternoon in a short statement on the club website.The Parramatta Eels have today granted Kieran Foran a release from the remainder of his contract with the club. The Eels wish him well for the future, the statement read.Earlier on Friday, Eels coach Brad Arthur was resigned to losing Foran after the New Zealand international officially requested a release earlier this month.Arthur was considered instrumental in luring Foran from Manly over the summer in what was trumpeted as the greatest signing in Eels history.But his stint in blue and gold lasted just seven gaames before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury in round 12.dddddddddddd He also missed time after checking into a rehabilitation clinic in April.His release is the latest blow for Eels fans in a disastrous 2016 that has included the cap saga, the subsequent sacking of club executives and Corey Normans sex tape and drug charges.Asked if it would be tough to see Foran walk away, Arthur said: Look, its not tough.Kierans got to do whats best for him, for his health. Im supportive of that. Ive got 38 other players here that I need to focus on.Pressed on whether hed be disappointed seeing Foran in another jumper, he said: Thats up to Kieran.The upside: Forans departure leaves the Eels flush with cash within their salary cap to hit the free agent market, which could include code-hopping superstar Jarryd Hayne.The club have also yet to re-sign off-contract players Corey Norman, Isaac De Gois, Danny Wicks, Vai Toutai and Jeff Robson.However, despite the introduction of an interim board last week, Arthur said he was still unsure when he could begin signing players for the 2017 season.We dont have any clarity around the cap at the moment. We cant do anything until we get that ... Its not ideal but it is what it is. We just have to move on, he said. 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