Chris Stewart, St. Louis Blues reach agreement
St. Louis Blues’ Chris Stewart was set to have an unforgettable weekend as it was. His weekend may have got even better.
On the day before the 25 year-old Stewart is set to be married, he re-signed with the Blues for a two-year contract that pays him $8.3 million. He had recently filed for arbitration with a hearing set for Monday, but the two sides were able to come to a deal on their own.
On the eve of my wedding in proud to announce that I will be spending the next 2 yrs in STL…. #bluesssssss
— chris stewart (@CstewSTL25) July 19, 2013
“I think this was a fair deal for both parties. Obviously Chris would have liked a little more and we would have liked a little less, so that indicates to me that it’s probably fair,” Blues GM Doug Armstrong said during a conference call regarding Stewart’s signing, reports NHL.com.
Last season, Stewart led the Blues with 18 goals and 36 points, playing in all 48 regular season games. In five NHL seasons, Stewart has scored 100 career goals, including consecutive 20-plus goal seasons in 2009-10 and 2010-11.
Stewart was originally drafted by the Colorado Avalanche with the 18th pick of the first round in 2006. He was shipped to the Blues in February of 2011 in a blockbuster trade that also brought Kevin Shattenkirk to St. Louis, while the first overall pick in 2006 Erik Johnson was sent to Colorado.
With Stewart on board for at least two more years, the Blues now focus their attention on signing their remaining free agents; defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, goaltender Jake Allen, and forward Magnus Paajarvi, who was acquired from Edmonton in a trade earlier this month. According to Cap geek, St. Louis has $8,824,167 remaining in cap space to re-sign the three.