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Blues re-sign Stewart: two years, $8.3 million

Jul 19, 2013, 2:18 PM EDT

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The St. Louis Blues locked up another key restricted free agent on Friday, agreeing to terms with forward Chris Stewart on a two-year, $8.3 million deal.

The deal will carry an average annual cap hit of $4.15 million. According to CBC’s Tim Wharnsby, Stewart will be paid $4.1 million next year and $4.2 million in 2014-15.

The 25-year-old power forward led St. Louis in scoring last year with 36 points in 48 games, and was slated to kick off the arbitration period with a hearing on July 22.

His last contract, a one-year deal, paid him $3 million.

As mentioned above, Stewart is the latest in a series of St. Louis RFAs to ink this summer.

The procession began with Patrik Berglund, who agreed to a one-year, $3.25 million deal in late June, then continued with defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, who signed a four-year, $17 million extension shortly thereafter.

The Blues’ other key RFA is, of course, defenseman Alex Pietrangelo. Unlike Stewart, the 23-year-old blueliner does not have arbitration rights, so that deal could take a bit longer.

Last week, St. Louis GM Doug Armstrong made a move to clear up some cap space by dealing winger David Perron to Edmonton for Magnus Paajarvi.

Perron was set to make $3.8 million next season while Paajarvi is still a RFA, and has yet to reach a new deal with the Blues — and, after the Stewart signing, the Blues now have roughly $8 million in available cap space for 2013-14.

  1. scaarepittschamberofcommerce - Jul 19, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    I like this. He really seemed to come back stronger than ever past year. He’s proven himself on the 1yr contracts. And they still have plenty of cash for Pietro.

  2. jernster21 - Jul 19, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Smart move by the Blues to not give Stewart a long term deal. You can’t keep Stewart motivated to play consistently unless he knows he’s playing for a job from year to year. If he plays like he can the next two seasons, I could see giving him a 4 year deal after that though.

  3. rosloe62 - Jul 19, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    Nice coin! 2 years seems right.

  4. trueblue72 - Jul 20, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Trade Halak. That will free up some cap space.

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