Player News - Blues

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Jordan Binnington has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the St. Louis Blues.

Binnington's cap hit in the NHL will be $660,000 if he plays at that level. If he plays in the AHL then he'll earn $75,000 annually instead. He had a 2.71 GAA and .911 save percentage in 32 AHL contests last season.
Jul 22 - 10:28 PM

Blues GM Doug Armstrong believes Colton Parayko hasn't reached his peak yet.

Parayko has already established himself as a great defender and has 68 points in 160 career games, but given that he's still just 24 years old it's not hard to believe that he can continue to improve. St. Louis signed him to a five-year, $27.5 million extension on Thursday and avoided an arbitration hearing in the process. "I said at the end of the year we viewed him as a nucleus, a cornerstone player," Armstrong said. "He's only had two years experience and it usually takes 300 games when guys settle in to a constant rhythm in that position. He's still very young, but has a huge upside with his size, skating, shot. There are a lot of elements there. We'll work with him to maximize every element to become a top end player."
Jul 21 - 12:49 PM

Colton Parayko and the St. Louis Blues have agreed to a five-year, $27.5 million contract extension.

Parayko would have had an arbitration hearing on Thursday, so this last minute deal renders that moot. He was coming off his entry-level contract, but this big raise is well deserved. He's established himself as a top-four defenseman in his first two NHL campaigns and has contributed offensively with 13 goals and 68 points in 160 career games. If the 24-year-old continues to develop then this will be a great contract for the Blues. As it is it already looks like a good price for Parayko.
Jul 20 - 10:18 AM

The St. Louis Blues have requested that Colton Parayko receive a two-year, $7 million contract from an arbitrator.

Parayko filed for salary arbitration, so if the two sides can't agree to terms than a hearing will take place. Parayko is asking to be awarded a one-year, $4.85 million salary, so the gap between the two sides is substantial. Still, it's entirely possible that a compromise will be reached before a hearing is necessary.
Jul 18 - 9:54 AM

Robert Thomas doesn't have to look hard for inspiration when aiming to make the St. Louis Blues out of training camp.

Thomas previously played with Mitch Marner, Matthew Tkachuk and Christian Dvorak when they were all members of the OHL's London Knights and that trio were part of the 2017 NHL rookie class. They each had fairly successful first seasons in the NHL to boot. That makes Thomas feel like he too might be able to make an impact quickly after being taken by St. Louis with the 20th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. "It definitely does," Thomas said. "There’s definitely a lot of work that has to be done to get there. But it’s nice to see that a lot of the younger guys are making it earlier. It’s cool to see that I was playing with them one year and the next year they’re all in the NHL." Realistically Thomas is a long shot to make the Blues' opening game roster, but the two-way center has enough potential to make him worth keeping an eye on.
Jul 9 - 5:19 AM

Colton Parayko has put in a request for salary arbitration.

It wouldn't be surprising to see the Blues and Parayko agree to a big, long-term contract before his hearing. The contract might exceed the seven-year, $31.5 million deal that Toronto's Nikita Zaitsev got. Parayko's NHL career has gotten off to a fine start with him scoring 13 goals and 68 points in 160 contests over two seasons.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 5 - 7:28 PM

Klim Kostin has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the St. Louis Blues.

Kostin had been made a KHL free agent, opening the door for him to sign with the Blues. He was taken by St. Louis with the 31st overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. He'll need time to develop, but in the long run he could turn into a great power forward.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 5 - 4:18 PM

Klim Kostin is now a KHL free agent, which opens him up to sign with the St. Louis Blues.

St. Louis took Kostin with the 31st overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The Blues see Kostin as a potential power forward in the same vein as David Backes.
Jul 4 - 3:06 PM

The Blues and Colton Parayko are talking contract extension.

Parayko is a restricted free agent and there is some talk that he could land a long-term deal that exceeds the seven-year, $31.5 million contract that Toronto RFA defenseman Nikita Zaitsev just inked. The Blues seem to be willing to offer in the $5-6 million per season range to lock Parayko up. Stay tuned.
Jul 2 - 12:28 PM

Oskar Sundqvist has signed a one-year deal with St. Louis worth $650,000.

Sundqvist was obtained by the Blues last week in the draft day trade that sent Ryan Reaves to the Penguins. He has four points in 28 career NHL appearances.
Jul 1 - 3:43 PM

The Blues have signed Beau Bennett to a one-year, $650,000 deal.

Bennet, who was considered by many to have tremendous potential, has been a flop in both Pittsburgh and New Jersey. Will it be any different in St. Louis? We won't hold our breath, but at $650,000 the Blues haven't invested much and he could pan out as a late bloomer.
Jul 1 - 1:22 PM

The Blues have inked Chris Thorburn to a two-year, $1.8 million deal.

Thorburn will essentially replace Ryan Reaves, who retired last month, as the Blues' resident tough guy. If your league doesn't value penalty minutes, Thorburn has no fantasy value as his four points in 64 games just won't cut it.
Jul 1 - 1:05 PM

Magnus Paajarvi has signed a one-year, $800,000 contract extension with the St. Louis Blues.

That's up from the $700,000 Paajarvi made during the 2016-17 campaign. He had eight goals and 13 points in 32 contests last season. He'll be eligible to become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in the summer of 2018.
Source: NHL.com
Jun 29 - 5:19 PM

Chris Butler has inked a two-year, two-way contract with the St. Louis Blues.

Butler spent most of the 2016-17 campaign in the AHL, with the Chicago Wolves, where he recorded 26 points and 46 penalty minutes in 72 games. He played in only one game with the Blues and has made six NHL appearances over the last two seasons.
Jun 28 - 3:42 PM

Patrik Berglund underwent successful surgery Tuesday to repair a dislocated left shoulder.

Berglund sustained the injury during his off-season training in Sweden and now he won't be available until December. He scored a career high 23 goals last season and generated 34 points in 82 games.
Jun 28 - 12:28 PM


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