The Blues and Chris Stewart agreed Friday to a new deal that keeps the 25 year-old right-winger in St. Louis. The two sides agreed to a 2-year contract extension worth $8.3 million to avoid going to arbitration with their meeting looming in Toronto on Sunday.
Stewart Tweeted about the deal, saying:
On the eve of my wedding in proud to announce that I will be spending the next 2 yrs in STL…. #bluesssssss
The signing leaves the Blues with just under $9 million in Cap space which should be plenty to sign remaining free agents which include Alex Pietrangelo, Jake Allen, and even newcomer Magnus Paajarvi. Doug Armstrong obviously has high hopes for Stewart and sees the winger’s success as essential to the team’s. Stewart led the Blues in goals in 2012-13 with 18, and a full camp and season should lead to big things for the club:
“He’s a player, and I’ve said this to Chris, and I truly believe this: For us to be a good team, we need Chris to be a good player.”
The deal will take Stewart up to Unrestricted Free Agency at the end of the 2014-15 season when he’ll be 27 years old. Armstrong has already mentioned the possibility of an extension should Stewie perform well this coming season, as we all hope and expect him to.
“This allows [Chris] to come in and know that everything’s in place for two years knowing that if he has a good year and the team has a good year, we can start talking about an extension that’s exclusively for UFA years.”
I’m looking forward to seeing Stewie develop some chemistry in camp with newcomer Derek Roy that lead to some 30+ goal seasons.
GO BLUES! LONG LIVE THE NOTE!