The Blues signed Jaden Schwartz to a five-year deal wirth $26.75 million ($5.35M AAV) on July 15th.
Schwartz, 24, missed 49 games in 2015-16 after fracturing his ankle in October, but still finished with 22 points (8G / 14A) in 33 games. The injury was frustrating for his fantasy investors, who were expecting another 25-goal, 60-point season out of him. Schwartz comes into 2016-17 with that kind of potential and should be drafted as a 60-point player with the potential for 30 goals.
The Blues signed Ty Rattie to a one-year deal worth $650K on July 13th.
Rattie, 23, was the 32nd overall pick in 2011 and has posted great numbers in three seasons with Chicago (AHL), but has yet to have a big impact at the NHL level. He hasn’t been given a great chance yet, but should finally get that opportunity in 2016-17. Rattie has eight points (4G / 4A) in 26 career NHL games.
The Blues signed Landon Ferraro to a one-year, two-way deal.
Ferraro, 24, appeared in a total of 68 NHL games last season with the Red Wings and the Bruins. He was originally drafted by the Red Wings, but they lost him on waivers to Boston, where he recorded 10 points (5G / 5A) in 58 games with the Bruins. Ferraro will look to crack the Blues roster in training camp this fall.
The Blues re-signed Magnus Paajarvi to a one-year deal worth $700K.
Paajarvi, 25, serves as a depth forward for the Blues. He worked himself in and out of the lineup during the 2015-16 season, appearing in 48 games. The former 10th overall pick had just nine points (3G / 6A) in those games while picking up seven points (4G / 3A) in seven games with Chicago (AHL).
The Blues Signed Kenny Agostino to a one-year, two-way contract.
Agostino, 24, led Stockton (AHL) in points last season with 57 (23G / 34A) but the Flames still let him walk. Through two AHL seasons he has amassed 100 points (38G / 62A) in 132 games. He will likely start the year in Chicago (AHL), but could work his way into the Blues’ lineup.
The Blues signed Conner Bleackley to a three-year entry-level deal.
Bleackley, 20, was originally drafted 23rd overall in 2014, but re-entered this year’s draft and was selected 144th overall by the Blues. At the time of the first draft, Bleackley was coming off of a 68-point (29G / 39A) season, but two years later he still hasn’t been able to duplicate that performance—he had 13 goals and 33 assists (46 points) with Red Deer (WHL) this past year.
The Blues signed Chris Butler to a one-year, two way deal.
Butler spent most of last season in the AHL, appearing in just five games with the Blues. During his time with Chicago (AHL), he had 18 points (4G / 14A) in 46 contests. He will once again be a depth defenseman for St. Louis.
The Blues have signed Carter Hutton worth a two-year deal worth $2.25 million ($1.125M AAV).
Hutton, 30, has been a solid backup in Nashville for the last three years and now moves to St. Louis where he will serve as Jake Allen’s No. 2. He was 7-5-3 with a 2.33 GAA and .918 SV% in 17 games with the Predators last season and carries a career 2.56 GAA and .910 SV%.
The Blues have signed Jake Allen to a four-year extension worth $17.4 million ($4.35M AAV).
Allen, 25, was 26-15-3 with a 2.35 GAA and .920 SV% in 44 games while splitting time with Brian Elliott in the Blues crease last season. With Elliott now in Calgary, the crease is all Allen’s and he should be an excellent fantasy option behind a strong Blues squad. Allen will get a chance to start around 60 games and he enters 2016-17 with a career 2.34 GAA and .915 SV%.
The Blues have signed David Perron to a two-year deal worth $7.5 million ($3.75M AAV).
Perron, 28, was a first round pick of the Blues back in 2007 and spent the first six years of his career in St. Louis. Since then he has played for the Oilers, Penguins and Ducks, but has returned to the Blues. He is coming off of a 12-goal, 24-assist season with the Pens and Ducks and should slide right back into the Blues’ top-9.
The Blues inked Kyle Brodziak to a two-year contract extension.
Brodziak, 32, had 11 points (7G / 4A) in 76 games with the Blues in 2015-16. It was his first season with St. Louis and he will be in a Blues uniform for the next two seasons after spending the first 10 years of his career with the Oilers and the Wild.
The Blues have signed Dmitrij Jaskin to a two-year contract extension worth $2 million.
Jaskin, 23, spent the majority of the year with St. Louis, collecting 13 points (4G / 9A) in 65 games and had two points (1G / 1A) in three games with Chicago (AHL). He’s expected to land a full-time spot with the Blues in 2016-17.