May 10, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar (11) and St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester (19) chase down the puck in the third period of game six of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Staples Center. Kings won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Blues sign D Jay Bouwmeester to extension


It came several weeks after most of the off-season’s high-profile contract extensions, but the St. Louis Blues locked up one of their cornerstones for a long period of time on Thursday.

ESPN’s Pierre Lebrun is reporting that the team and defenseman Jay Bouwmeester agreed on a 5-year, $27 million contract extension that will keep him in the show-me state through the 2018-2019 season. The 29-year-old still has a year remaining on his previous contract (5 years, $33.4 million), but despite a slight downturn in production, he has been rewarded in a major way.

As one of the trade deadline’s biggest acquisitions, Bouwmeester came over from Calgary, and was immediately productive, putting up 7 points (1 goal, 6 assists) in just 14 games. He’s been incredibly productive throughout his career, and with a pedigree that had him selected as the #3 overall pick in his draft class, his talent is apparent.

This probably isn’t a “hometown discount” for Bouwmeester in his new city, but for just north of $5 million per season, the Blues have a big-time player on their back line for years to come. In the ever-changing landscape of the NHL when it comes to contracts, I firmly believe that this will shine through as a marked discount in the years to come.

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