After the Blues inked forward David Perron to a two-year deal worth $4.3 million, it was pretty obvious that the organization would turn its attention to getting Erik Johnson under contract as well. News came out over the weekend that the two sides are getting closer to a deal that would keep Johnson in the Note for at least the upcoming season, and probably more. Johnson met with his agent in Las Vegas on Saturday morning, and it sounds like this should be done very soon. I would expect the deal to be somewhat similar to Perron’s, as it sounds like the team isn’t ready to hand out long-term deals to its young players just yet. I wouldn’t be overly surprised if this thing ended up being longer than expected, but I will just be happy when the deal is done.
Also, I wanted to introduce everyone to the other writer on this site, Joel Stein. Joel is one of the biggest Blues fans I know, and when I took over Bleedin’ Blue he was the first person I thought of to contribute. Here is a short bio, so everyone welcome him to the family.
“My name is Joel Stein, I am twenty-one years old, and I attend college at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. I plan to get a degree in Mass Communications and hopefully one day work for a professional sports team in their public relations department. I enjoy watching and writing about sports in the St. Louis area. I became a St. Louis Blues fan during the 2005-2006 season when a friend of mine took me to a game. After that, I started watching a few games here and there and I now follow the Blues daily. Besides following the Blues and hockey in general, I also enjoy watching baseball and professional football. Even though I am not the most athletic person, I enjoy being around sports and they are a huge part of my life. I am really looking forward to writing for this blog and I want to thank you for giving me the opportunity.”