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Zach Sanford signs one year contract with Blues

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The team has one more RFA to lock up.

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Blues general manager Doug Armstrong is busy locking down his restricted free agents. Robert Thomas is the last RFA standing after today’s signing of Zach Sanford to a one year deal worth $2 million. Sanford’s spent three seasons with the Blues after part of one with the team that drafted him, the Washington Capitals. In those three seasons, Sanford’s scored 36 goals and 35 assists; he also scored a goal in game seven against the Boston Bruins to help solidify the Blues’ Stanley Cup win.

Sanford’s $2 million contract is a slight raise over his last deal, which was a two year contract worth $1.5 million per season signed back in 2019. Sanford is a perfectly cromulent bottom six forward who Craig Berube occasionally sneaks into the top six whenever someone is injured.

Notably, this could be the last season as the whipping boy of Blues fans, as at the conclusion of this contract he’ll be a UFA. Let the bidding wars begin.