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Blues GM hopes to sign T.J. Oshie to a long-term deal

Jul 5, 2012, 7:16 PM EDT

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The St. Louis Blues wrapped up one of their budding star forwards who would have hit salary arbitration thanks to David Perron‘s four-year deal. They still have some work to do to make sure that T.J. Oshie doesn’t hit that awkward process, but GM Doug Armstrong seems determined to sign Oshie, as he told Jeremy Rutherford.

“Obviously we’re hoping to be able to work out a contract with him. We have had dialogue. I think the good thing for all Blues fans is to realize that everyone will be in training camp now and there will be no contract holdouts,” Armstrong said. “Our goal is to work out a long-term deal. We think that he showed us last year that he’s a very good NHL player.”

If he actually does hit arbitration – not a single player did last summer – it might be tough to really gauge his value. He registered career-highs in games played (80), goals (19), assists (35), points (54) and time on ice per game (19:32) last season. Still, he’s never scored 20 goals and doesn’t have boffo numbers, so the question is: how much higher is his ceiling?

Chances are, the Blues and Oshie’s agent will determine his value instead of a mediator. Salary arbitration can be a very uncomfortable and contentious experience, which is probably not the ideal scenario for a rising team and a promising 25-year-old forward.

How much do you think Oshie is worth?

  1. drez146 - Jul 5, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    More than Chris Stewart, he is grossly overpaid at $3 million a year, Oshie produces shift in and out and is as big of a physical presence as anyone on the team

  2. mclovinhockey - Jul 5, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Oshie will wear the C one day.

    • ultimatecardinalwarrior - Jul 6, 2012 at 2:13 PM

      If he can get his head right, which Hitch seems to have put him on the right track for that, I agree.

  3. eggserino - Jul 5, 2012 at 8:24 PM

    4 years, $3.75m – $4.25m per year. Not gaudy offensive numbers, but very good all around player.

  4. blues1988 - Jul 5, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2012/05/02/dustin-penner-really-liked-how-hard-tj-oshie-hit-him/

    This hit shows the kind of physical presence that Oshie brings at the forward position for the Blues. He had hits like this all throughout the year and always plays as hard as he can every time he is on the ice.

  5. theolgoaler - Jul 5, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    I’d look for Oshie to get something similar to David Perron’s four-year deal; Oshie and David Backes are NOT fun to play against!

  6. charleslouis99 - Jul 5, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    t.j certainly isn’t the biggest physical presence but he has really good timing on his hits sadly that was one of the few high points from the playoffs. 4.20

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