Blues, Berglund Sign Short-Term Contract

While it may not be his ideal contract, Patrik Berglund has re-upped with the St. Louis Blues for one more season.

Patrik Berglund Blues

Berglund posted 17 goals last season (Icon SMI)

Giving one of his patented show-me-what-you-can-do contracts, Blues GM Doug Armstrong agreed to a one-year contract that will pay Berglund $3.25 million next season. Because of free-agency rules, Berglund will not officially sign the contract until July 5.

Patrik Berglund

Berglund averaged 2.25M per year on his last contract (Brei Bird Photography)

Berglund is coming off a two-year, $4.5 million contract that was signed in 2011. This past season, the native of Vesteras, Sweden posted 17 goals and 25 points. Over a span of a regular 82-game season, Berglund would have accumulated about 29 goals and 43 points.

His playoff performance was disheartening, though, as he recorded just one goal and a minus-3 in the Blues’ six-game loss to the Los Angeles Kings.

The contract that the 25-year old signed has become the norm with the current Blues roster, as players such as Chris Stewart and T.J. Oshie have received these contracts for the sole purpose of seeing how a player reacts to not receiving a desired long-term deal.

In Oshie’s case, he stormed out of the gate after receiving his one-year deal in 2011-12. He posted career-highs in goals (19), assists (35) and points (54) that season, earning a five-year extension that began in 2012-13.

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Chris Stewart Blues

Stewart is currently an RFA (Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

tewart responded fairly well last season when awarded his one-year contract, eclipsing his point totals across the board despite playing in 31 less games due to the lockout-shortened season. His 18 goals and 36 points led the Blues in both categories.  Like Berglund, Stewart had a forgettable playoff showing, posting just one assist and an even plus/minus rating.

It is difficult to measure Berglund’s playoff success against his teammates; in reality, the only Blues player who was a consistent offensive threat was Alex Steen, who posted a team-leading three goals, including the game-winner in Game 1.

The team already lost some of its offensive presence this summer as long-time top-six forward Andy McDonald retired due to concussion concerns.

Berglund, along with Oshie and Stewart, is expected to step his game up even farther this summer as the Blues ranked just 17th in goals-scored-per-game (2.58). Even though McDonald was often injured, the official loss of his services could potentially make that number sink lower.

Berglund was drafted by the Blues with their first round selection, 25th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He has teetered between the second and third lines under Blues Head Coach Ken Hitchcock but is expected to be the front-runner for the second-line center role in 2012-13.

If the regular season Berglund shows up to training camp, the Blues could be in for quite the treat in 2013-14.

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Jeff Ponder
I joined TheHockeyWriters in January 2012 while serving as a St. Louis Blues media member during the 2011-12 season. Currently, fellow THW writer Mike Poepping and I host the Blues Face Off Show, found on KSDK.com, St. Louis' No. 1 source for news. I am also a Blues media member for the 2014-15 season.
Jeff Ponder
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One Comment

  1. Bill Sunshine says:

    Important to note as well that since he signed for 3.25, it leaves Armstrong some nice room to sign the remaining RFAs, especially Pietrangelo and Shattenkirk (who Strickland expects to be a tough sign considering he has arbitration rights)

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