Blues sign Schenn to eight-year, $52 million contract extension

Brayden Schenn defends Nicklas Backstrom in the Blues' season opener against Washington.
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ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Blues have signed Brayden Schenn to an eight-year contract extension worth $52 million, locking up one of their top centers after their run to the Stanley Cup championship last season.

The 28-year-old Schenn was acquired in a trade with Philadelphia in 2017 and put up a career-high 28 goals the following season and 70 points overall as he was named an All-Star. Last season, Schenn had 54 points in the regular season and 12 more in the playoff run.

Schenn, a Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, native in his ninth full NHL season, has 154 goals and 218 assists in 588 regular-season games and eight goals and 18 assists in 50 career postseason games.

Earlier this year, the Blues made a flurry of moves, including signing newly arrived defenseman Justin Faulk to a seven-year, $45.5 million deal and signing goalie Jordan Binnington for two years and $8.8 million. Captain and top defenseman Alex Pietrangelo should be next up for a new contract.