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Berglund, Blues agree to one-year, $3.25 million deal

Jun 25, 2013, 2:12 PM EDT

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The St. Louis Blues have agreed to a one-year contract extension with restricted free agent Patrik Berglund, True Hockey’s Andy Strickland reports.

The deal, according to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch, is for $3.25 million.

Strickland reports the contract has been agreed to in principle (Berglund can’t officially sign until July 5) and, as expected, falls between the $3 million David Perron made in the first year of his deal, and the $3.375 million TJ Oshie made in the first of his.

Berglund, 25, was St. Louis’ first-round pick, 25th overall, at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

After posting career highs in goals (22) assists (30) and points (52) in 2010-11, he was rewarded with a two-year, $4.5 million deal, which will expire in 10 days.

This year, Berglund showed excellent finish around the net — he scored 17 goals in 48 games, which works out to 29 over a full NHL season — and finished fourth on the Blues in scoring, with 25 points.

His postseason, though, was disappointing.

The Swedish center was a non-factor for the Blues in their opening-round loss to the Kings, scoring just one goal in six games while finishing with a minus-3 rating. What’s more, he only put 11 shots on goal over the course of the series.

The slump was frustrating for both team and player, especially after Berglund had a good 2011-12 playoffs, scoring 3G-4A-7PTS in nine games.

The move to lock up Berglund is the first of many RFA deals for St. Louis. Chris Stewart, Alex Pietrangelo, Kevin Shattenkirk and Kris Russell are all restricted as well, and still need to have their new deals sorted out.

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  1. timmeh022 - Jun 25, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Shattenkirk or Pietrangelo will most likely not be in a Blues sweater next season. Eating up that Jaybo contract from Calgary (Overpaid by a ridiculous amount) will make it hard for the Blues to lock up both D-Men IMO. NOW if Calgary were smart they would put in an offer sheet for either Pietrangelo or Shattenkirk if they do not get signed by the Blues and hit the Market come July 1st.

    • devilsarethebest - Jun 25, 2013 at 4:12 PM

      The Devils will take either.

    • bcsteele - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:19 PM

      As a Blues fan, I would usually agree with you. However, the new ownership appears willing to spend to the cap finally. Plus they have the room (especially with Berglund uped for just that much) to keep them all. If it got tight, they would deal Halak and his cap hit to keep these guys seeing as he was a none factor this past season and we have Elliot and Allen in the throws.

    • 22bju - Jun 25, 2013 at 5:20 PM

      Key words “most likely not in a Blues sweater next season.” It won’t be because of an offer sheet. Any offer will be matched says Doug Armstrong, however; if one of them does end up leaving (which i doubt) will be because of a huge trade.

    • cardsandbluesforever - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:05 PM

      Armstrong has already said he will match ANY offer for Shattenkirk and Pietrangelo no matter what. those 2 are our best D-men hands down, theres no way in hell they are going to another team.

  2. zwilhelm16 - Jun 25, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    Petro and Shattenkirk will both be on our team next year no doubt about it. Both we get long term deals with this team.

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