Blues hold the leverage over their budding young star — and GM Doug Arnstrong will use it.
The winger remains in a contract dispute with the club.
From management to the players, the microscope will be on the organization after recent playoff failures. Blues beat writer Jeremy Rutherford takes an up-close look.
Brian Elliott and Jake Allen will jostle for playing time in St. Louis. Similar scenarios could unfold with the Wild, Ducks and Sharks.
But fans heard this claim last season and saw the team suffer another early exit in the postseason.
The St. Louis Blues annonced today that they have officially signed Jaroslav Halak to a four year deal worth a reported 15 million dollars.
The deal is structured as follows:
Year one: $2.75 million
Year two: $3.50 million
Year three: $4.25 million
Year four: $4.50 million
The cap hit will be $3.75 million per year for each of the four years.
Halak's camp said they didn't file for salary arbitration because they wanted to negotiate without a deadline.
In other news...
Defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo has been re-signed for two years at $4.25 million. That's a cap hit of $2.125 per season.
Tough guy Cam Janssen has signed a one-year $600k contract extension. There is no word on how this will effect contract negotiations with Blues' enforcer, D.J. King.