Found July 23, 2013 on The Hockey Guys:
By Randall Ritchey (@THG_Ritchey) Stewart returns for the next two years with the St. Louis Bluescredit : Doug Pensinger/Getty Images This past week, the St. Louis Blues signed forward Chris Stewart to a two-year contract with an average value of $4,150,000 per year. The Blues and Stewart worked hard to avoid arbitration and signed a deal that benefits both the team and the player. A two-year deal will bring Stewart, 25, right up to unrestricted free agency. Many people criticized Armstrong for this deal, as it gives Stewart chance to leave as an unrestricted free agent, yet they fail to look at the business side of the deal. The plus side for the Blues is that they have two more years to evaluate Stewart’s play to determine if they want to keep him in the organization long-term. He signed a one-year “prove it” deal and he proved it by getting in the best shape of his career and led the club in goals and points. Now with a two-year deal, he has to prove to them that he can stay in s...

Chris Stewart destined for bigger money

NHL teams treasure power forwards. Big guys offering skill and toughness collect premium pay in North America.So Chris Stewart will have every incentive to play large for the St. Louis Blues during the next two seasons.His two-year, $8.3 contract could just a stepping stone toward more lucrative deals. Stewart is building worthy credentials. He delivered two 28-goal seasons earlier...

Roll The Dice On Alex Pietrangelo?

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated, It’s believed that he’s asking for something around $7 million per year, which is what it costs to sign that type of player these days. Well, it comes down to Armstrong’s appetite for risk. It is … limited. He’s learned from the mistakes he made in Dallas. This is not a GM who throws money at a player simply because someone...

Eklund: The Latest on Pietrangelo

Bridge deal, long-term or something in the middle? That's where things have been stalemated in the Blues' negotiations with RFA defenseman Alex Pietrangelo. Most notable players coming off their entry-level deals have been signing shorter-term second deals, after which they will remain restricted free agents with (potentially) more leverage to make the big bucks in a long...

Evaluating Jaroslav Halak after three seasons in St. Louis

It seems like Jaroslav Halak has been within the St. Louis organization for many moons. In reality, the trade which brought in Halak and sent Lars Eller and Ian Schultz to Montreal occurred just three years ago during the summer of 2010. Shortly after the trade went through, the Blues signed Halak to a four-year, $15 million contract.  Three years down, one to go. It's time...

Vladimir Tarasenko invited to Russian Olympic camp

Vladimir Tarasenko has been invited to Russia's Olympic camp in preparation for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The Russian Hockey Federation invited 35 players to participate in Russia's camp scheduled to take place on August 23rd and August 24th.  Will Tarasenko make the final cut? That's difficult to forecast as injuries during the first portion of the 2013...

Stanley Cup visiting St. Louis on July 31

The Stanley Cup will be visiting St. Louis on Wednesday, July 31st. The Cup will make an appearance at the St. Peters Rec-Plex thanks to Brandon Bollig, forward for the Chicago Blackhawks. Bollig played at the Rec-Plex when he was growing up and has arranged to bring the Cup to St. Peters during his day with the Cup, as reported by StlToday. If you want to have your picture...

Jeff Quirin: Blues Well Represented in US & Canadian Olympic Announcements

Trailing not far behind the nIt's lws that the NHL players will participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi are announcements from USA Hockey and Hockey Canada regarding their coaching staffs and personnel invited to orientation camps. It's like they knew it was coming... Anyways, the St. Louis Blues will be well represented once again. Here's the breakdown...

St. Louis Blues sign goaltender Jake Allen to a two-year deal

The St. Louis Blues have announced today that they have signed goaltender Jake Allen to a two-year deal. Allen, 22, was drafted by the Blues in the second round of the 2008 NHL draft with the 34th overall pick. Jake Allen led all of rookie goaltenders last season with nine wins posting a 9-4 record as he came in during the shortened regular season as Brian Elliott was struggling...

Blues Sign G Jake Allen to Two-Year Deal

St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced Thursday the club has re-signed goaltender Jake Allen to a two-year contract. Allen 22 led all rookie goaltenders this past season with nine wins (9-4-0) and a 2.46 goals-against average. He ranked second among rookies with a .905 save percentage. The 6-foot-2 195-pound goaltender posted the best...

Blues re-sign Jake Allen, ink 2-year deal

From the St. Louis Blues: St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced Thursday the club has re-signed goaltender Jake Allen to a two-year contract. Allen, 22, led all rookie goaltenders this past season with nine wins (9-4-0) and a 2.46 goals-against average. He ranked second among rookies with a .905 save percentage. The 6-foot...

Jeff Quirin: Blues Sign Goalie Jake Allen

The St. Louis Blues have announced a new two year contract for goaltender Jake Allen. Reportedly, the second year will be of the one way variety. I will be back with more thoughts later today, but feel free to discuss in the comments. Now only forward Magnus Paajarvi and defenseman Alex Pietrangelo remain unsigned.

Blues Sign RFA Goaltender Jake Allen by   Steven Ellis

The St. Louis Blues have re-signed goaltender Jake Allen to a two-year contract. Allen was selected by the St. Louis Blues in the second round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft with the 34th overall pick, and it looks as though the Blues made the right choice. In 2010-2011, Allen had a strong first pro season as a 20-year-old – appearing in 47 of 80 games for St. [...]

Blues sign Jake Allen to a two-year contract

The Blues have signed Jake Allen to a two-year contract. The deal, as explained by Jeremy Rutherford, will be of the two-way variety in 2013-14 and of the one-way variety in 2014-15. Allen will earn $125,000 if he's in the AHL this season and $750,000 if he's in the NHL. In 2014-15, Allen will earn $850,000.  The goaltending trio in St. Louis is complete.  It...
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