The St. Louis Blues have signed Peter Mueller to a one-year, two-way deal.
Mueller, 26, was the eighth overall pick in the 2006 NHL Draft, but pen last season in Switzerland playing with Kloten. He had 24 goals and 22 assists (46 points) in 49 games. In 297 career NHL games, Mueller has racked up 63 goals and 97 assists (160 points). The Blues have one of the deepest forward groups in the NHL so it may be difficult for Mueller to crack the team out of camp.
Sobotka is leaving the NHL after signing a three-year deal worth $12 million with Avangard Omsk of the KHL.
Blues GM Doug Armstrong said today that they had offered Sobotka deals between one and five years at north of $3 million per season. Sobotka heads to the KHL for more money, but he is able opt out of his contract after any given season with the Blues retaining his rights should he decide to return to the NHL.
The Blues signed Steve Ott to a two-year deal worth $5.2 million.
Ott, 31, appeared in all 82 games in 2013-14 with the Blues and Sabres. He played 23 with the Blues, recording three assists and a minus-12 rating. Ott will likely skate on the Blues' third or fourth line in 2014-15.
The Blues signed Jori Lehtera to a two-year contract worth $5.5 million.
Lehtera, 26, was selected in the third-round (65th overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Lehtera had 12 goals and 32 assists (44 points) in 48 games with Novosibirsk Sibir of the KHL last year. He has just seven games of North American hockey experience. He had one assist in those games with Peoria (AHL).
The Blues have signed Paul Stastny to a four-year deal worth $28 million.
Stastny, 28, gets big money from the Blues after scoring 25 goals with 35 assists (60 points) in 71 games. Stastny heads to St. Louis where his dad played in 1993-95 and gives the Blues four very good centres.
The Blues acquired Carl Gunnarsson in exchange for Roman Polak and a fourth-round pick on Saturday.
Gunnarsson had three goals and 14 assists in 80 games with the Maple Leafs last season. He averaged 19:25 TOI playing on the top pairing with Dion Phaneuf. He will likely slot in on the Blues' bottom pair or on the second unit with Kevin Shattenkirk. He will be better off playing a reduced role in St. Louis.
The Blues have signed Brian Elliott to a three-year contract worth $7.5 million.
Elliott was set to become a unrestricted free agent in the summer, but this signing means that Ryan Miller will not be back in 2014-15, while Elliott is signed through the 2016-17 season. Elliott was 18-6-2 with a 1.96 GAA and .922 SV% with the Blues this season.
Berglund, missed the season finale with an upper-body injury, was the most unlikely of the injured Blues to play in game 1. He did not skate this morning, while the rest of the team did. He is expected to be back at some point in the first round.
Backes missed the last three games of the regular season with a foot injury, but he will play on Thursday in game vs. Chicago. Backes had 27 goals and 30 assists in 74 games this season--two goals and one assist came in five games vs. the Blackhawks.
Tarasenko has been sidelined since March 15th after undergoing surgery on a broken hand. He was expected to miss six weeks, but he will be back in the lineup two weeks ahead of schedule. Tarasenko tallied 21 goals and 22 assists in 64 games this season. He will skate on the second line with Vladimir Sobotka and Jaden Schwartz.
Oshie missed the final two games of the regular season with a head injury that he suffered on a hit by Mike Rupp last Thursday. He skated in the Blues' morning skate, but will be held out of game 1. He is expected to return at some point in the first round.