Last week, the St. Louis Blues announced that they had signed Magnus Paajarvi to a two-year deal.
Paajarvi, who was recently acquired in the deal that sent David Perron to Edmonton, was a restricted free agent.
Last season Paajarvi posted nine goals and 16 assists in 46 games. Many wondered in the 10th overall pick of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft would ever live up to his potential, but after taking a step forward in 2013, Paajarvi’s move to the St. Louis Blues may be the key to success.
Listed at 6’3″ and 208 pounds, the left wing will slot lower in the Blues’ depth chart than Perron, but will fill a scoring need on the Blues third line.
Paajarvi’s two-year deal will cost the Blues $2.4 million, which is a drastic decrease from the weight of Perron’s contract.
The pice may be well worth it considering that Paajarvi has a connection to Blues center Patrik Berglund. Berglund has been questioned by fans and management alike for failing to find chemistry with the team around him.
Coach Ken Hitchcock enjoyed seeing the pair together in international play and believe that they will be a good pairing for the Blues as well.
Him [Paajarvi] and Berglund had great chemistry together, two big guys that hung onto the puck. It’s a month-long competition so how do you know? But all I know is the two guys held onto the puck. Nobody could get the puck away from them and they were hard guys to play against. You’ve got two 6-foot-4 guys out there grabbing the puck and hanging onto it. They’re hard to play against. To me, Magnus is just starting to understand what it takes to play as a good player in the National Hockey League. I think he’s just starting to become serious about his craft and that’s a good thing for us.
What do you think Blues fans? Is this a deal that has more reward than risk for the Blues, or did we overpay an unproven player? Let us know in the comments below.
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