The St. Louis Blues have signed a defenseman to a new contract. No, this isn't the news you were expecting about Alex Pietrangelo. Instead, the Blues signed Jay Bouwmeester to a new five-year extension which will keep him with the club through 2018-19.
Bouwmeester still has one year left on his old five-year, $33.4 million deal. He will earn $6.6 million in 2013-14 and will carry a cap hit of $6.68 million before carrying an average cap hit of $5.4 million a season beginning in 2014-15.
Fans have been eagerly awaiting the news that the Blues and Pietrangelo have reached a new deal. Those talks appear to be progressing extremely slowly. Meanwhile, the Blues decided to make sure Bouwmeester was in their long-term plans. After appearing in just 14 regular season games with the Blues, the team decided to keep him in their ranks through 2018-19.
It's important to separate the Pietrangelo situation from the Bouwmeester deal. Your initial reaction might be to assume that t...