The playoffs start Wednesday in Winnipeg, but defenseman Jay Bouwmeester has reason to celebrate right now: the Blues just extended his contract by a year. From the team’s press release:
St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the Blues have signed defenseman Jay Bouwmeester to a one-year contract extension worth $3.25 million.
Bouwmeester, 35, appeared in 78 regular-season games this season, posting 17 points (three goals, 14 assists) and 40 penalty minutes.
Originally drafted third overall by the Florida Panthers in 2002, the Edmonton, Alberta, native has enjoyed a 16-year National Hockey League (NHL) career. Including stints with Florida, the Calgary Flames and St. Louis, Bouwmeester has collected 415 points (87 goals, 328 assists) and 615 penalty minutes in 1,184 career regular season games. Among active defensemen, he ranks second in games played and 17th in points.
Bouwmeester is currently in his seventh season with the Blues after being acquired via trade from Calgary on Apr. 1, 2013. He has dressed in 434 regular-season games with the club, recording 115 points (16 goals, 99 assists), 152 penalty minutes and a +42 rating. Among defensemen in franchise history, Bouwmeester ranks 10th in games played, 15th in points and 9th in plus/minus.
J Bo is no longer the iron man that he was in 2013, and he was the fan’s favorite whipping boy for the first half of the season. Much of that was justifiable - he had a combination of atrocious luck and poor play that many players hadn’t seen for years. The second half of the season, however, was an opportunity for Bouwmeester to return to form along with the rest of the team, and he did.
And the term? Perfectly reasonable.