T.J. Oshie signs a one-year, $2.35 million contract
Blues fans can rest easy tonight; the fan-favorite has officially agreed to terms with the Blues before July 1.
The Blues forward was qualified to an offer earlier in the week, meaning he would be able to accept offers from all other 29 teams starting tomorrow. The Blues would have the option to match the offer but with the ownership situation in question, the team may not have been able to match an offer they deemed to be too much money. Oshie signing a new contract today eliminates any chances of that happening.
The contract is just a one-year deal, but it does make sense. While Oshie is a young star that the Blues will want to lock up long-term in the future, this gives the Blues one more season to assess Oshie’s worth. After a season that saw an injury keep Oshie from the lineup for 33 games (ankle), Oshie will look to prove that he deserves a longer contract. The 24-year old center also received a suspension from the club for missing practice one day. If Oshie can stay healthy and avoid the need for disciplinary action from the team, he will get a hefty contract extension next summer.
Blues GM Doug Armstrong, as well as Oshie himself, seemed very happy with the deal.
“We’re excited to have T.J. in the fold for another season,” Armstrong said to the media. “His energy and versatility make him an integral part of our club.”
"I couldn't imagine playing anywhere else," Oshie said. "I'm very happy with it and it's finally done."
Oshie scored 12 goals, 22 assists and 34 points in 49 games last season for the Blues.
Blues News and Notes: Capgeek.com reports that the Blues have come to terms with forward Adam Cracknell. The deal is reportedly a one-year, two-way contract worth $575,000… Andy Strickland reports via Twitter that there is a “Decent chance Matt D'Agostini re-signs with Blues tomorrow”.
The Blues still have five players who are slated to be free-agents as of 11:00 CDT tomorrow.
Forwards: Cam Janssen (UFA); Matt D’Agostini (UFA), Dave Scatchard (UFA)
Defensemen: Tyson Strachan (UFA)
Goalies: Ty Conklin (UFA)
Updates will be given up-to-the-minute by LetsGoBlues writer Jeff Ponder for the first day of free-agency via Twitter. Follow him @jponder94 for these updates tomorrow starting at 11:00 CDT.
Quotes courtesy blues.nhl.com.