So much for waiting for the off-season to sign a deal. Despite adamant statements that he wasn't interested in working out a contract deal during the year, Alexander Steen's re-upped with the Blues. Surprisingly, the financial terms of the contract were released. Steen will stay with St. Louis for three more seasons worth $17.4 million dollars. With the cap due to go up next season, the Blues will have more than enough space to pay a key part of their top line.
His contract is not just a reflection of this season, but also of his career as a Blue. He has 339 points (145 G, 194 assists) in 570 games in St. Louis. This season he's second behind Alexander Ovechkin for the goal scoring lead at 22 potted, and he's 9th in points. With T.J. Oshie and David Backes, Steen has helped make the Blues' top line one of the toughest in the NHL to play against.
It's a good deal for the Blues, a reasonable cap hit, and it brings security to the team in the scoring department. Smart cap management is key to continued success.
EDIT: According to Hockey Night In Canada's Elliotte Friedman, Steen's contract includes a no-trade clause. Pffft. Like he was going anywhere anyway.