The first major news of the off-season as far as player personnel goes involves... Dmitrij Jaskin.
This isn’t necessarily the contract extension fans were clamoring for. However, it is a reasonable deal. General Fanager has the unconfirmed contract amount at just a million dollars a season, after which Jaskin becomes a RFA. This is a modest raise from his previous one year deal salary of $775,000.
From the Blues’ official press release:
St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the Blues have re-signed forward Dmitrij Jaskin to a two-year contract.
Jaskin, 23, appeared in 65 regular season games with the Blues last season, posting 13 points (four goals, nine assists) and 26 penalty minutes. The 6'2, 217-pound forward also dressed in six postseason games, logging a goal and an assist along with five penalty minutes. Following the 2015-16 season, Jaskin was named to the Czech Republic's roster for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
Overall, the Omsk, Russia, native has played in 139 career regular season games with the Blues, recording 33 points (18 goals, 15 assists) and 50 penalty minutes. In addition, Jaskin has made 12 career postseason appearances, accumulating three points (one goal, two assists) and seven penalty minutes. Jaskin was originally drafted by the Blues in the second round, 41st overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
It's a reasonable low-risk deal that, since he's secured for a couple seasons, may make him desirable as part of a trade package.