Chris Stewart

The St. Louis Blues locked up right-winger Chris Stewart to a two-year, $8.3 million contract, the team announced Friday.

The St. Louis Blues announced today that they have brought back one of their young players as the team has signed RFA right-winger Chris Stewart to a two-year, $8.3 million ($4.15 million per year) contract Friday, avoiding arbitration.

Stewart, 25,  was traded to the Blue during the 2010-2011 season along with Kevin Shattenkirk as a part of the Erik Johnson trade. In 2011-2012, Stewart struggled as he posted just 30 points (15-15) but had a career high in penalty minutes with 109 in 79 games. This past season, Stewart totaled 36 points (18-18) in 48 games which would have been roughly 61 points over a 82 game season, so it was a nice bounce back year for Stewart who has been in trade rumors for some time. Stewart’s best NHL season thus far was in 2009-2010 with the Colorado Avalanche where he posted 64 points (28-36) in 77 games.

Stewart was a very solid contributor with the Blues this past season playing in a top six role. However, if Vladimir Tarasenko develops, he may push for that top line right-wing position that Stewart currently holds down. Prospect Ty Rattie should also get a chance to crack the Blues roster this season but it seems likely that he plays in the AHL this season to get pro experience under his belt first.

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