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.