Folks around the NHL are wondering what’s got Alexander Steen so fired up. He’s leading the league in goals and has been the most scorching goal scorer through the first month of the season. One quick glance at CapGeek should give you all the information you need to know about what’s motivating Steen.
His contract is up at the end of this season, and a pace like this will put him in line for a massive raise this summer. After all, he hasn’t scored like this since 2009-10, when he set his career high in goals with 24.
What does 2009-10 have in common with 2013-14? Both seasons were contract years for Steen.
If that isn’t a red flag for the Blues and their brass then we aren’t quite sure what it would take to get their attention. While playing hard during a contract year is nothing new, that’s pretty blatant.
Steen’s goal total has dropped in each of the last three seasons. He scored 20 after inking his contract, then posted 15 in 2011-12, before bottoming out with eight in 40 games last season. Now suddenly he’s got the hot stick and just can’t be stopped?
While it’s fun to see a guy like Steen go out and average nearly a goal a game, to treat him like he’s the second-coming of Alex Ovechkin or Ilya Kovalchuk would be a big mistake for the Blues. Unless they can get him to agree to a one-year deal. Based on history, the guy would go and set the league on fire once again since there was yet another chance for a raise.