It looked as though the St. Louis Blues and restricted free agent forward Chris Stewart were headed towards arbitration as the two sides were unable to come to an agreement on a contract for next season and possibly beyond.
Stewart seemed to be in the driver’s seat in these negotiations. After seeing the contracts given to Ryane Clowe (five years, $24.25 million to the New Jersey Devils) and Nathan Horton (seven years, $37 million to the Columbus Blue Jackets), Stewart had to be salivating.
Stewart’s 18 goal and 36 point season in 48 games for the Blues last year was more productive than both Clowe and Horton and after seeing those two forwards cash in, one would have thought that Stewart would like to break the bank too.
Instead, Doug Armstrong comes away looking brilliant once again, signing the power-forward to a reasonable, cost effective contract extension that leaves the team in a good position financially, gives Stewart some money, and incents the 25-year old to put up two hu...