Please, everyone, try to contain your excitement! Doug Armstrong has nailed down coveted restricted free agent Magnus Paajarvi. From the organization's official press release:
"The St. Louis Blues have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with forward Magnus Paajarvi.
Last season, Paajarvi played in 48 games for the Blues, scoring three goals and six assists (9 points). He also made three appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, scoring one assist.
Paajarvi became a restricted free agent on July 1.
The 25-year-old Norrkoping, Sweden native has played in 276 career NHL games, scoring 35 goals and 45 assists (80 points)."
My rational brain is telling me that the smallest contracts with the most replaceable players get finished first, and there's absolutely nothing wrong with the deals for Jaskin, Upshall, and Paajarvi being finished first. The panicky part of my brain is worried that the priorities are all askew for the front office, but this contract isn't anything to worry about. $700,000 is dirt cheap for a depth forward, and what's the worst that could happen? He sits in the press box for thirty games?
I agree with Hitch's Hat - I'd prefer more ice time for Ty Rattie, but he's going to have a tough battle to make the team out of camp. Armstrong basically offered Magnus the same contract they gave him before the start of last season, so someone in hockey operations likes what they're seeing out of him. Oddly, he reminds me quite a bit of Jaskin. Lots of speed, some flashes of skill, decent hands, but has never really worked his way out of the press box bubble.