Jay McClement Signs a Multi-Year Deal with the St. Louis Blues

Alex BauschContributor IMay 27, 2009

BOSTON - JANUARY 19:  Jay McClement #18 of the St. Louis Blues skates by the bench and is congratulated by teammates Dan Hinote #13 and Keith Tkachuk #7 after McClement scored in the second period on January 19, 2009 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Blues defeated the Boston Bruins 5-4 in an overtime shootout.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Blues center Jay McClement, who would have been a restricted free agent on July 1, has signed a three-year contract extension with the club.

Here are the details: Three years, $4.35 million

2009-10: $1.4 million
2010-11: $1.45 million
2011-12: $1.5 million

Blues President John Davidson on McClement, according to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

“I think he’s still improving. No. 1, he really has a defined role that he embraced last season. That was, he was the lead guy on the penalty kill, he was the lead guy on matchups, regarding the other team’s top lines. He’s maturing as a player in understanding what his strengths are, yet there’s still upside.”