Jan 31, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; St. Louis Blues right wing Chris Stewart (25) skates with the puck as Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin (51) defends during the third period at Nationwide Arena. The Blues beat the Blue Jackets 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Patrik Berglund and Chris Stewart Playing for Contract Extensions

April 30, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues center Patrik Berglund (21) attempts to screen Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) during the second period in game two of the 2012 Western Conference semifinals at Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

The St. Louis Blues have had their fair share of success this season on offense as they continue to be one of the best producing teams in the league.  Thanks in part to the addition of Russian Rookie Vladimir Tarasenko and a functioning St. Louis Blues powerplay, the team continues to rack up goals in every game they play.

While Tarasenko has been raising eyebrows around the NHL, not all players on the roster are being acknowledged.  With a big offseason coming up for the St. Louis Blues both Chris Stewart and Patrik Berglund are playing for contracts.

Playing on the same line, Berglund and Stewart don’t seem to have an incredible amount of chemistry, but that hasn’t kept them both from producing.  In the 8 games both have seen this season, Patrik Berglund has put up 5 goals and two assists.  While he is not the points leader for the Blues, Berglund’s 5 goals are good for a tie for team lead.

In the same amount of games, Chris Stewart has put up 4 goals and no assists.  While it may not be as impressive as Berglund it is certainly an improvement over his play last season.

With the offseason quickly approaching in a shortened season you could see the St. Louis Blues do one of two things.  The least likely option is shopping one or both of them around the NHL to see what they could get back in a trade.  The more likely option is looking for a way to lock them up in long term deals much in the same way that they did David Backes, T.J. Oshie, and David Perron.

The question is going to be what are they worth and how much are the Blues willing to pay?  It would seem Armstrong would want to hand out similar contracts as the aforementioned players, meaning a 5-year deal for each.

With Alex Pietrangelo, Kevin Shattenkirk, and other young Blues also up for new contracts it will be a busy offseason for GM Doug Armstrong.  One would think he wants to keep this core of players together for a while to come so look for them all to get long term deals.

So what do you all think?  What are Berglund and Stewart worth?  Would you keep them or trade them?

That’s all for now.  Be sure to watch the Blues take on the Predators tonight at 7pm.


-Alex Hodschayan

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