The St Louis Blues have agreed a five-year contract extension with defenceman Jay Bouwmeester, in a deal worth $27million.
The 29-year old had one-year left on his previous deal, and the Blues were desperate not to lose him, offering him an annual value of $5.4m that begins at the start of the 2014-15 campaign.
Bouwmeester has been with the Blues since April 1st after being involved in a trade for minor-league defenceman Mark Cundari, the rights to goalie Reto Berra and a first-roud pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, and he left the Calgary Flames after four years in Canada.
The move proved to be a successful one, as an effective partnership with Alex Pietrangelo was formed. He finished the campaign with one goal and seven points from 14 games.
The former Florida Panthers player is excited about the Jays’ prospects going into the 2013-14 season, and he was always keen to sign a new deal after enjoying his time with the team last season.
"[The Blues] mentioned something at the end of the year that at some point over the summer they'd be in touch, throw things around and see where everyone's at," Bouwmeester said.
"It helped that we got on a pretty good roll and won a bunch of games. That makes things more fun and easier for everyone.
"The fact that it's a real good young team, it seems like that they've got pretty much everyone signed now through at least the next couple of years.
"You've got that nucleus of guys that probably aren't going anywhere. I had a lot of fun being part of it."
The Blues will be hoping to go better next season after losing to the LA Kings in the first-round of the Western Conference play-offs.
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