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Steen agrees to extension with Blues — three years, $17.4 million

Dec 18, 2013, 5:24 PM EDT

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The St. Louis Blues have agreed to terms with forward Alexander Steen on a three-year contract extension worth $17.4 million.

Steen already has 22 goals this season. And though the 29-year-old has just two goals in his last nine games, only Alex Ovechkin has more goals (28) than 22. (Anaheim’s Corey Perry also has 22 goals.)

Steen’s cap hit of $5.8 million for the following three seasons certainly seems reasonable given comparable players’ deals, not to mention the expected rise in the salary cap. Though it should be noted that, with just a pair of 20-goal seasons under his belt prior to this one, his entire body of work isn’t as impressive as what he’s done this season. His best goal-scoring season came in 2009-10, when he scored 24 times for the Blues.

Steen has 145 goals in 570 regular-season NHL games. He could have become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

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  1. devilsarethebest - Dec 18, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Please explain how this is any different than the Clarkson deal we just finished bashing a few articles ago?
    Recent performance aside, the man has 145 goals in 570 games, that’s only a career average of .254 goals per game. For me, that’s not enough to warrant close to 6 million, but hey, I’m not an NHL GM.

    • Jason Brough - Dec 18, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      The term, for one thing. Three years, versus seven for Clarkson.

      • devilsarethebest - Dec 18, 2013 at 5:41 PM

        True point but my biggest problem here is the money. He’s getting way more than say, Michael Ryder with his .312 career goals per game on a similar term.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 18, 2013 at 5:41 PM

      I’m really curious to see what the next few seasons brings for Steen. I was in the group that believed the beginning of this season was a pace that he couldn’t possibly keep, yet his goals and shots on goal remained relatively consistent, despite a few stretches.

      The thing about Steen is, he always seemed to have the talent, but was never able to put it all together. If we’re to believe that he figured it out, and is literally one of the biggest late bloomers of all time, than the gamble would be worth it. You know as well as I do if they didn’t put up the money, someone else would, for far more. And if contracts like this become the norm over the next few years, even if he stays slightly above average it will probably be worth it. If he continues this pace, and this season turns out not to be an outlier, than the Blues have a franchise player locked up.

      Plus.. Clarkson’s 30 goals in a season, still don’t seem as impressive as 22 in what, 34 games? Like I said, I’m curious to see how his career pans out from here.

      • blues1988 - Dec 18, 2013 at 5:46 PM

        also it’s not all about goal scoring. he’s one of our best on the power play and does it on a pairing with shattenkirk on the d line, which makes our pp that much better. He is also a beast on defense and on the penalty kill.

        he also is the hardest working player on our team. not only that he’s very smart. i swear if he’s on the ice and someone breaks a stick (goalie included) he’s the first to give them his stick and bolt his a** to the bench and grab him self one. great move by the blues, anyone questioning it just hasn’t watched him enough.

    • thomasvanek - Dec 18, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      David Clarkson NHL TOTALS GP:450 G:99 A:77 P:176 PPG: .39 +/-: -37
      Alexander Steen NHL TOTALS GP:570 G:145 A:194 P:339 PPG: .594 +/-: +31

      Contract difference: 4 years more with .55 million more/year for David Clarkson

      This year (I know you said recent performance aside, but you can’t just ignore it):
      David Clarkson: GP: 24 G: 2 A: 4 P: 6 PPG: .25 +/-: -5
      Alexander Steen: GP: 33 G: 22 A: 14 P: 36 PPG: 1.09 +/-: 13

      That is the difference. Need I say more?

    • bluesrawesome - Dec 18, 2013 at 6:12 PM

      He is a lot more responsible defensively. He plays on the pp,pk, and logs a ton of minutes of regular ice time. He averages over 2 minutes of pk time per game, over 3 minutes of pp time per game, and over 15 minutes of ice time per game. That’s the difference Clarkson won’t ever win Selke Steen looks like he has a good shot at it this season.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 18, 2013 at 6:13 PM

      Comparing Michael Ryder and Alex Steen when looking from a “complete player” perspective isn’t even close.

      • bluesrawesome - Dec 18, 2013 at 6:20 PM

        That’s really true Ryder is also 33 Steen is 29.

  2. jacketsfan7 - Dec 18, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Exactly , I’m not sure id sign him this soon because his production. Has dropped since his red hot start

  3. jacketsfan7 - Dec 18, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    I’m sure he has , I haven’t watched him much this year , either way though when he’s played this well through a small sample size this year , I’m still not 100% certain , he has impressed me though don’t get me wrong

    • blues1988 - Dec 18, 2013 at 5:56 PM

      we gave david perron like 5 mil aav for a few years and he never had a year like steen has. i’m sure we still would have given him something close to that even without the great year he’s had.

      • blues1988 - Dec 18, 2013 at 5:57 PM

        oops, make like like 3.5

  4. bluesrawesome - Dec 18, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Also Clarkson takes lot’s of bad penalties and is suspended a lot.

  5. jhaegs - Dec 18, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Fantastic! Anyone that thinks the deal is dumb, hasn’t watched Steen enough the past few years. He’s always been a skilled, hard working, smart player. It’s just all coming together for him now, along with support from his linemates- Backes is having a great year and Oshie is an assist machine. Well done, Blues.

  6. 19to77 - Dec 18, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    I’m okay with it because of Steen’s consistent two-way ability. If his scoring drops off – and it already has – he’s still a great three-zone forward. He should pick up his scoring from the recent cold streak and either way it’s not like he’s a total liability when he ISN’T scoring, like a certain #8 I could name. Cap hit’s perhaps steep for him, but he IS second in the NHL in goals – and the longer they waited, the more the Blues would have had to pay to keep him around.

  7. ovi8hull16 - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    God, I hope he keeps it up! Let’s Go Blues!!!!

  8. jhaegs - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Steen: “I don’t always sign a 3yr contract extension, but when I do, I go out and score two goals in the first period”….

    (Still 2 periods to get that hatty)

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