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T.J. Oshie, Blues agree to a five-year deal, avoid arbitration

Jul 20, 2012, 12:17 AM EDT

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The St. Louis Blues have confirmed that they have signed T.J. Oshie to a five-year contract worth an average of $4.175 million per season.

That’s a significant raise over the $2,350,000 he made in 2011-12, but based on Cap Geek’s numbers, the St. Louis Blues were operating under the salary floor, so they can certainly afford the hit. More importantly, this contract extension means that the two sides won’t have to go to arbitration on Friday.

Oshie set new career-highs last season with 19 goals and 54 points in 80 games on a team that struggled offensively. With the way the market value for top-six forwards has been skyrocketing lately, this deal seems perfectly reasonable. It might even look like a great signing if Oshie can continue to improve over the next couple of years.

With Oshie now locked up, the St. Louis Blues have him, David Backes, and David Perron all signed through at least 2015-16 for an annual cap hit of roughly $12.5 million. That’s not too punishing — even if the new CBA ends up reducing the salary cap — and it provides them with plenty of flexibility to re-sign Chris Stewart, Patrik Berglund, Alex Pietrangelo, and Kevin Shattenkirk, who are all scheduled to become restricted free agents next summer.

  1. bluesrawesome - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    This is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. 22bju - Jul 20, 2012 at 2:22 AM

    Core has returned.
    Still not good enough. We’re not any better than last year.

    • paperlions - Jul 20, 2012 at 11:24 AM

      ….because young players don’t improve with age/experience?

  3. drunkbro - Jul 20, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    guy plays with heart, i’d like if my team signed him for this contract

  4. drez146 - Jul 20, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    I agree, awesome signing but still not enough to go deep in the playoffs

  5. 22bju - Jul 20, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    Yeah they do improve, but so do most of the young players on the other teams.

    I’m not hating, blues just need a couple more pieces to truly contend for a cup.

    • paperlions - Jul 20, 2012 at 1:05 PM

      I understand, but the Blues are a lot younger team than most…so they may have more reason for optimism in that department. I too would love to see a legitimate top goal scored added to the roster….Tarasenko may be that guy.

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