The St. Louis Blues cemented their core for the future. Alexander Steen is a member of the team for an additional four seasons.
The St. Louis Blues have signed Alexander Steen to a four-year extension. You can read Joseph Schneider’s article for the details of the deal here.
Steen had been saying he wanted to stay in St. Louis, but was willing to wait until both sides were comfortable before broaching the subject. It seems both sides were comfortable on the day training camp began.
One more Steen quote from today: "I don't think I could have seen myself throwing anything else over my shoulders than the Blue Note."
It is no shock the Blues retained Steen’s services. Ken Hitchcock said he was their best player, flat out, last season during the playoffs.
Steen is a tough, two-way forward that fits in very well with the way Hitchcock wants to play. He also still has the speed and tenacity to play the way Mike Yeo will want to play next season.
Steen has never been a big time scorer. However, it was only three seasons ago he put 33 in the back of the net.
Even at 31, he had 52 points in 67 games.
Of course, you’re going to have the fans asking why the Blues can give $5.75 million to Steen and not $6 to David Backes. They’re two different players is the answer.
Backes was a physical presence and the captain. He took too many penalties and tried to just rough his way through defensively though. Steen is a better defensive player, thus playing against all the top lines during the 2015-16 playoffs.