Blues sign Reaves to a four-year contract extension
St. Louis inks forward Ryan Reaves to a four-year, $4.5 million contract extension.
Ryan Reaves ranks third on the Blues with 65 penalty minutes this season.
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By Nate Latsch
ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues locked up another key cog for their future on Friday when they signed forward Ryan Reaves to a four-year contract extension worth $4.5 million.
"It means a lot," Reaves told Blues radio broadcaster Chris Kerber. "It's been a long road. It's my seventh year in this organization, coming from the coast all the way here and now a four-year contract in the big leagues. So I couldn't be happier to be on this team. I love the group of guys, the ownership, the GM and coaching staff. They've been a big help in my career."
Reaves, 26, has been an all-around contributor this season, proving he is more than just an enforcer on the ice. He has five points (two goals, three assists) in 26 games and is plus-seven with 65 penalty minutes. He accounted for six points in 43 games last season.
The 6-foot-1, 224-pounder from Winnipeg, Canada, was a fifth-round pick by the Blues in the 2005 Draft. Reaves, now in his fourth season with the Blues, recently returned to action after he missed 17 games because of a broken bone in his hand suffered in a fight against Dallas.
"We are happy to have Ryan in the fold for the next four years," Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said in a press release. "He has grown into a well-rounded player and will continue to play an important role for our team moving forward."