Three days, three signings for Doug Armstrong. While most of us are isolating at home, puttering around and binging God knows what, the Blues’ general manager has been working the phones and talking with agents, locking in some pending UFAs and RFAs. Sammy Blais got locked down on Wednesday, and Marco Scandella yesterday.
This afternoon, the Blues have announced that Mackenzie MacEachern had been signed to a two-year extension. The fourth-line winger would’ve finished a one-year probable bridge deal at $700,000. The bridge that MacEachern has built is not a long one, but it did come with a nice pay raise. He’s been signed to a two year contract extension at $900,000 a year. At the end of the term MacEachern will be a UFA.
MacEachern’s cap hit has been a journey of sorts. When he first signed an entry level deal with the Blues for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 seasons, his NHL salary was $925,000. By the time he signed an extension for the 2018-2019 season, his two-way contract’s salary had dropped to $650,000. His one year extension for this season was a modest raise to $750,000, and now he is up to $900,000.
Persistence and increased production has paid off. MacEachern has become a fixture on the Blues’ fourth line. In 51 games played this season he has seven goals and ten points.