St. Louis Blues right winger and power forward, Chris Stewart, has filed for salary arbitration.
The move was expected to happen as Stewart believes he is worth far more than the Blues have been willing to offer.
After watching mid-level free agents sign major deals, Stewart and his agent were well aware that he was due a significant raise.
When looking at the contracts that were signed during the frenzy, none of those players have the projection or previous point production history that Stewart has.
Don’t be worried though, both sides want to come to an agreement as the Blues are not looking to lose Stewart and he certainly seems to want to stay in St. Louis.
Recently Doug Armstrong commented on the ongoing negotiations between the Blues and Chris Stewart as well as with Alex Pietrangelo.
I wouldn’t characterize it one way or the other. I find these deals, they happen very quickly. You seem like you’re not close. All of a sudden, you’re calling each other saying, ‘We’re glad you’re back.’ So, it could happen today. It could happen in September, or October. I’m very comfortable that we will get both of those guys in here at the right time.
So now that the arbitration process has officially begun, it appears that the Blues and Stewart are actually making more progress toward an agreement.
The Blues have been busy discussing the options with Stewart and are willing to ink a long-term deal with the star winger.
The Blues would prefer to sign Stewart to a shorter deal, but that could backfire as well. Should Stewart’s production continue or increase, he could be looking at an even bigger payday.
With the addition of Derek Roy, Blues’ GM Doug Armstrong believes that Stewart is going to thrive playing alongside the playmaking center.
It appears the Blues would like to extend a similar offer to that of T.J. Oshie’s which would include a five year term at just over $4 million per season. Stewart is most likely looking for at least $5 million per year in his next deal.
The Blues are only reluctant to give Stewart the kind of money that he is seeking due to his scoring inconsistencies.
With Stewart putting up 18 goals in the shortened season, he is almost assuredly worth around $5 million per season.
The Blues and Stewart will hope to avoid an arbitration hearing and have a deal done as soon as possible.
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