Blais signs two-year, $ 3 million contract with Blues


Sammy Blais agreed on a $ 3 million contract with the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday. It has an average annual value of $ 1.5 million.

Blais could have become a restricted free agent after this season, which has been suspended since March 12 due to concerns over the coronavirus.

“We are in contact with all kinds of different people during this time,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said during the Post-Dispatch. “(Director of Hockey Operations) Ryan Miller led this one with Blaiser’s agent and made us do something today. “

The 23-year-old forward has 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 40 games this season. He was absent from November 20 to January 1. 27 with a wrist injury.

Saint-Louis’ sixth round pick (No. 176) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, he collected 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) in 83 games in three seasons. He had three points (one goal, two assists) in 15 Stanley Cup playoff games last season to help the Blues win their first championship.

“He’s a developing player that we think about a lot,” said Armstrong. “We think he can certainly be a regular in the top nine in our group. I think the injuries derailed a little at the start of this year. And then someone like (Zach) Sanford came in and really took a seat there with (David) Perron and (Ryan) O’Reilly for a while. This gives us good competition in our group and another young player to continue growing with it. ”


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