Alexander Steen has been one of the most remarkable stories of the 2013-14 NHL season. The St. Louis Blues forward has been filling the net at a ridiculous pace, posting 20 goals through 25 contests. He trails only Alex Ovechkin for the scoring lead at the moment, and is third in the NHL in points.
Only Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have more.
Steen’s scoring pace comes at a very convenient time for the forward. His four-year, $13.5 million contract expires at the end of this season, which could leave the Blues in a bit of a jam with regards to re-signing Steen. Up until this season, his best year came in 2010-11 when he scored 20 goals and added 31 assists.
He’s obviously on track to shatter that career best campaign. At his current rate, Steen will finish the season with 66 goals and 102 points. Even if he comes up with half that many tallies, he’ll be in line for a solid raise. St. Louis won’t know exactly what kind of paycheck Steen is looking for until the end of the year though.
TheFourthPeriod.com is reporting that the 29-year-old doesn’t have an interest in discussing an extension during the campaign, and will wait until the offseason to discuss his contract. David Pagnotta spoke to Steen’s agent Jeff Kowall, who had this to say:
Alex prefers not to discuss a contract extension during the season and the team has respected that.
That could be either good news or bad news for the Blues, who run a pretty tight ship when it comes to handing out contracts. TheFourthPeriod speculates that Steen could call for a contract worth $5 million or more if he continues to score like he has been. This is a compelling situation and will be worth keeping an eye on once the offseason rolls around.