Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Jackman Is Staying with Blues; Defenseman Agrees to an Extension That Will Pay Him $9.5 Million over Next Three Seasons

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Jackman Is Staying with Blues; Defenseman Agrees to an Extension That Will Pay Him $9.5 Million over Next Three Seasons

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Barret Jackman will continue his career as a Blue.

The defenseman, who was drafted by the club in 1999 and has spent the last 10 seasons in the same uniform, was set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1. But on Monday, he and the Blues agreed to a three-year, $9.5 million contract extension.

Jackman, 31, acknowledged that hitting free agency was becoming a real possibility, but negotiations with Blues general manager Doug Armstrong began recently and wrapped up quickly.

"It really only took a few days of talks with Armie," Jackman said. "St. Louis was obviously my first choice and we were easily able to get the deal done and now I look forward to next season."

The signing was the Blues' second contract extension in five days, following last week's one-year, $3 million deal for pending restricted free agent forward Chris Stewart. Jackman's was the first involving one of the Blues' seven soon-to-be unrestricted free agents.

The club had wished to retain Jackman, but Armstrong said that he "wanted to make sure that Barret felt that this was still the right place for him to continue his career. He felt he wanted to stay here and continue to build what we have right now. I think both sides are satisfied and excited moving forward. His contract only takes him through 33 years old. We think he's still got a lot of good hockey left in him."

Jackman has played 598 games with the Blues, tying him for ninth on the Blues' all-time career list with Chris Pronger. The stay-at- home defensemen has 20 career goals and 119 assists and has a plus- minus rating of plus-33. He had perhaps his most consistent season in recent years in 2011-12, posting one goal and 12 assists and a plus-20 in 81 games. His average ice time was 20 minutes, 40 seconds, third on the team behind Alex Pietrangelo (24:43) and Kevin Shattenkirk (21:36).

Jackman said that his decision to return to the Blues was based more on the team's plans for his role than his contract. …

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