The St. Louis Blues signed forward Brayden Schenn to an eight-year, $52 million extension on Friday.
The deal, which will run through the 2027-28 season, carries an average annual value of $6.5 million.
The 28-year-old is currently playing the last year of his previous deal, a four-year, $20.5 million contract he signed with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2016. He was scheduled to become to an unrestricted free agent in July.
He carries a $5.125 million cap hit for this season and therefore gets a hefty raise after this year.
It will be interesting to see if the Blues can manage to get captain Alex Pietrangelo re-signed as well. In his latest 31 Thoughts column on Sportsnet, Elliotte Friedman revealed that cost and term could be the big issues for Pietrangelo.
Blues general manager Doug Armstrong has admitted he’ll have to get creative to re-sign both Schenn and Pietrangelo and leave enough for the rest of the roster. That could mean a cost-cutting trade or two before July 1st…