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Carl Gunnarsson On New Contract: "Everything Is Not Money"

The Blues defenseman spoke to Aftonbladet about his recent extension.

John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

Swedish publication Aftonbladet published an interview earlier this week in which they discussed defenseman Carl Gunnarsson's new contract - specifically, his pay cut. Gunnarsson was re-upped for three years at a $2.9 million a season, which is a paycut from this year's $3,450,000 check. It wa surprising for a player to want to re-up with a team for less money; usually pending UFAs re-sign (or sign elsewhere) with more money on their mind. What caused Gunnarsson to stay put in St. Louis? Here's what he (and Google Translate, so sorry) had to say:

"I go down a little in wages, but everything is not money. I'm very happy to be left in a team that will continue to be good for a long time to come," he says to Sportbladet after the 4-0 victory.

The new contracts Carl Gunnarsson signed a few weeks ago is for three years and gives him a total equivalent to 72.2 million kronor.

"It went fast once we started to negotiate and it is very nice to get it over with before the season is over," he says on the phone from Missouri. "I go down a little in salary, but money is not everything. The important thing for me was to be left behind. Blues will continue to be good for a long time to come."

This is a quality attitude to have, and despite a slow start this season that didn't endear him to some fans, Gunnarsson at least shows here that he's invested in the team and its future. His reasonable contract limits any potential hamstringing that a larger deal would cause.

Special thank-you to reader Zeb, who's the European correspondant for Habs Eyes on the Prize in Sweden, for bringing this to my attention! Follow along at @habseyesontheprize.

EDIT:  We asked our buddy Marcus Pettersson to take a look at the translation, and here is the result:

The new contract Carl Gunnarsson signed a few weeks ago is for three years and pays him a total equivalent of 72.2 million Swedish kronor.
"It went fast once we started talking about the contract and it feels really good to get it over with before the season's over," he says over the phone from Missouri. "I go down in wages a little bit, but money isn't everything. For me, the most important thing was to stay with this team. The Blues will be a good team for a long time."

Gunnarsson thinks the Blues are well equipped for the playoffs.
"Yeah, we have really high hopes on going further this time. It feels like the group is even deeper now compared to earlier seasons."