Today, Alexander Steen signed a new four-year deal worth $23 mil to remain with the Blues, according to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Entering this season, the 32-year-old forward was entering his last year on his current deal.
Interestingly, Steen has skipped the free agency market twice to remain a Blue. Steen said “St. Louis has become home. I’ve been here eight years.” Steen cannot picture himself playing with another NHL franchise.
On the other hand, the Blues had to retain a guy like Steen, due to the fact he is a big factor on and off the ice, whether it’s scoring goals, assisting teammates or helping out the community. He is a leader in that locker room, and now he is most likely the main leader as former captain David Backles signed with the Boston Bruins in the off-season. Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said. “He is a key member of our leadership group.”
In addition, Steen is one of the NHL’s most versatile two-way forwards, averaging over a minute-and-a-half of shorthanded ice time and two-and-a-half minutes of power-play ice time per game. He has recorded a +54 rating since joining the club. This another reason why he is so highly valued by the Blues that they could not let him walk after this season.
Last season, Steen played in 67 games, scoring 17 goals and 35 assists (52 points). During the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Steen led the Blues to their first trip to the Western Conference Final in 15 years, posting 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 20 appearances.
Finally, in 746 career NHL games, the Winnipeg native has 197 goals, 284 assists (481 points) and a plus-46 rating.