Well just about the only news to come out of the Blues camp so far this offseason is that winger Chris Stewart signed an extension yesterday for 1 year $3 million dollars. This is both good and bad for the team. The good is that it is a pay cut for Stewie after what was his worst professional year. It also is a mold of the TJ Oshie contract as well, with a shut up and prove your worth contract. The last bit of good to me is it avoided arbitration. Something that could have soured the relationship between player and organization.
The bad is that it is still a gross overpayment for the production from last year. For a team that still does not have really the leash cut off of it for spending, even with new ownership. $3 million dollars for a sub 40 pt player reminds me of the post lock out years when the Laurie ownership group just plain gave up and the Checketts era had to overpay to keep and bring in new players.
Now Doug Armstrong has given us no reason to doubt his decisions as with the trade of Erik Johnson and Jay McClement brought in Stewie and Shattenkirk, which the Blues still won that trade, unless Duncan Siemens turns into a superstar and Ty Rattie never makes the team. But Rattie was also signed recently and his numbers from the WHL are just filthy. But $3 mil is alot of change that could have been divided if the Blues took Stewie to arbitration and won, which more then likely could have happened with Stewart’s playing time and inconsistency.
Unless Stewart starts out of the gate strong which he was quoted saying that he was going to be training harder then ever before and that last season was a total failure. I would not expect the Blues to keep him. But there have also been rumors that David Perron could be on the trading block to bring in something better to St Louis. But like I said its merely a rumor and it is something that I would not trust. Perron is an RFA and while the Blues have forward depth, they just do not have the scoring depth even with Tarasenko signing and Jaden Schwartz proving in the limited time that he can compete in the NHL level.
GM Doug Armstron said that he has been in contact with Oshie and Perron both on extensions but nothing is eminent yet.