Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blues, Berglund Agree to One-Year Extension; the 25-Year-Old Will Get Raise to $3.25 Million in 2013-14

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Blues, Berglund Agree to One-Year Extension; the 25-Year-Old Will Get Raise to $3.25 Million in 2013-14

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Blues center Patrik Berglund is expected to sign his third NHL contract today, and including this one his first deal remains the longest.

The length of entry-level contracts are structured by the league, so when Berglund signed in 2007, he was slotted into a three-year agreement. His last two extensions have been short-term "bridge" contracts, designed to allow the Blues more time before they fully invest in the 25th overall pick from the 2006 NHL draft.

This time, the Swedish native has agreed in principle to a one- year, $3.25 million pact with the Blues, representing a raise of $825,000 from his $2.4 million salary in 2012-13.

The contract has not yet been signed, but the club provided confirmation Tuesday, and it should be finalized today. Blues general manager Doug Armstrong and Berglund are withholding comment until the signing is official.

That the Blues and Berglund, who would have become a restricted free agent on July 5, have come to terms on a one-year extension makes clear that the club is still determining the center's long- term potential.

In 2012-13, Berglund finished with 17 goals in 48 games, one goal behind Chris Stewart for the team lead. His 17 goals on 74 shots last season gave him the highest shooting percent (23 percent) in the NHL. He had only eight assists for 25 points, placing him tied for fourth behind Stewart (36), David Backes (28) and Alexander Steen (27).

Yet despite those totals, giving Berglund 92 goals and 188 points in 358 career NHL games, the two sides were unable to agree on compensation for a multi-year extension.

The story was the same for Berglund even after posting a career- high 22 goals and 52 points in 2010-11. A restricted free agent after that season, too, he agreed to a two-year, $4.5 million extension.

In the meantime, T.J. Oshie played out a one-year, $2.35 million contract and received a five-year, $20. …

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