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Alexander Steen, Blues Agree to New Contract: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistSeptember 23, 2016

St. Louis BLues' Alexander Steen carries the puck against the Columbus Blue Jackets during an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. The Blue Jackets won 3-1. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
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The St. Louis Blues and forward Alexander Steen came to terms on a contract extension Friday that will pay the veteran a total of $23 million over the next four years. 

The team officially announced Steen's new deal, which is worth $5.75 million per season.

Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said the following regarding the organization's decision to keep Steen in the fold: "We are extremely excited to have Alexander signed for the next four seasons. He has developed into one of the league's premier 200-foot players and is a key member of our leadership group. He has shown tremendous loyalty to the Blues organization, our fans and the St. Louis community."

The 32-year-old Swede has spent the past eight seasons in St. Louis after beginning his career with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Steen registered 17 goals and 52 points in 67 games for the Blues in 2015-16 while adding four goals and 10 points in 20 playoff contests.

The two-way left winger topped 60 points in each of the two seasons preceding 2015-16, scoring a career-high 33 goals in 2013-14.

After multiple years of failing to make deep postseason runs, the Blues made progress last season and reached the Western Conference Final.

Locking up Steen as part of a deep forward group that also includes Vladimir Tarasenko, Paul Stastny, Patrik Berglund, Jaden Schwartz and Robby Fabbri should go a long way toward keeping St. Louis among the Western Conference's elite for many years to come.

     

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