Berglund Signs New Contract
Fresh off his outstanding performance in this year's World Championships, Patrik Berglund has signed a new two-year deal to remain with the St. Louis Blues. The deal is reported to be worth $4.5 million over the next two seasons. The Blues have plenty of decisions to make ahead of the July 1st free agent deadline and it's nice that they settled things with Berglund well ahead of time. Berglund would have been able to take on the open market had the Blues not made a qualifying offer to him by July 1st, but they did one better by signing him to a new two-year deal. Berglund made his presence felt in the World Championships with Sweden by scoring eight goals and 10 points as he took his team to a silver medal finish. This came after a 2010-11 season where he tallied 22 goals and 30 assists in 81 games. Expectations for Berglund have often been too high, but the forward appears to be just one step away from transforming from a solid player into an outstanding player. This shift could come as soon as the 2011-12 season, if you believe his performance in the World Championships is a sign of things to come. Berglund's new deal falls right in line with what we thought he might be offered as he nearly mirrored David Perron's production which caused Perron to earn a two-year, $4.3 million deal after the 2009-10 season. With the ownership still unresolved, it's nice to see that the current group isn't imploding this team's young talent as they hunt for a new suitor. Unfortunately, we've seen across the sporting world that when a team is in a ownership bind that the young talent is released to the open market as issues away from the game itself take precedence. Now that we can scratch Berglund off the proverbial checklist, that still leaves several areas the Blues need to make a decision on, including one huge name - TJ Oshie. Restricted Free Agents: T.J. Oshie Patrik Berglund (2 years, $4.5 million) B.J. Crombeen Vladimir Sobotka Matt D’Agostini Ryan Reaves Roman Polak Nikita Nikitin Unrestricted Free Agents: Cam Janssen Chris Porter Ty Conklin These are just the players that need new contracts at the NHL level. Peoria has numerous skaters that also will have to be retained or cut loose before we enter the 2011-12 season.