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Blues sign Jacob de la Rose to a one year contract

He’ll be back as a depth forward.

NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

This probably isn’t the contract everyone has been waiting on.

Jacob de la Rose, acquired last season in a deal with Detroit to get Robby Fabbri a chance of scenery, finished his first year with the Blues with one goal and five points in 34 games. He spent a majority of his time on the fourth line, and it became clear as the season progressed that regular playing time for de la Rose was not in the cards.

His one year contract as an injury fill-in comes with a $700,000 cap hit. He’s not exactly taking a role away from a youngster, because you don’t want a player that you’re trying to develop to be languishing on the fourth line or the press box.

It’s a cheap deal for an insurance player, nothing more, nothing less.