The St. Louis Blues and Alexander Steen have come to terms on a four-year contract extension worth $23 million, the team announced Friday. Steen had one year remaining on his current three-year deal, and this new contract will keep the 32-year-old signed through the 2020-21 season.
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) September 23, 2016
Steen has spent the past eight seasons in St. Louis after being drafted by the Toronto Maples Leafs with the 24th overall selection in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
St. Louis has become home. I’ve been here eight years. I’ve gotten to know a lot of people within hockey and outside hockey here. We seem to be spending less and less time in Sweden to make sure we get our time in here as well. It’s been an incredible journey and St. Louis is definitely somewhere I see as home now. – Alexander Steen
Steen has had a lot of success in St. Louis, hitting the 20-goal mark four times, including his 33 goal season in 2013-14. The Blues are heading into this season without former long-time captain David Backes, and Steen will likely have to play an even bigger leadership role this season. St. Louis finished in second place in the Central division last season and will look to continue their success as they try to claim their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.
Brandon Share-Cohen has covered the NHL and various professional sports for six years. Working with The Hockey Writers, Brandon works extensively on covering the Boston Bruins in addition to his role as the News Team Lead.