Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Blues Re-Sign Berglund

The St. Louis Blues announced on Tuesday that they have re-signed Patrik Berglund to a new 2-year deal, preventing the forward from becoming a restricted free agent on July 1st.  The new deal is reportedly worth $4.5 million over the two seasons, which works out to be a $2.25 million cap hit per season.  Berglund had just completed his entry-level deal, which he had signed back in 2007.

The 23-year old winger just completed a whale of a season with the Blues, scoring 22 goals and adding 30 assists in 81 games, ranking him 108th in pool scoring, his highest ranking to-date in hockey pool scoring.  The playmaking centre should be a valuable asset for years to come down the line, both for the Blues and for most hockey pool teams, especially with the talent that is beginning to surround Berglund.

Berglund was top-billing on my Pool Outlook among free agents that the Blues had going into this off-season and by the timing of this signing, you can tell that he was a priority for the team going forward.

As for the salary cap numbers, a very savvy signing by the Blues, especially at a very good pay rate.  They will be able to build a good team, especially if the cap numbers are this good.

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