With Oshie signing an extension yesterday, all eyes were set on Matt D’Agostini.
The 24-year old was a huge part of the Blues’ offense last season, surprisingly contributing 21 goals, 25 assists and 46 points in 82 games last season, all being career-highs.
News broke Monday morning that the Blues did not qualify D’Agostini, meaning that he would become an unrestricted free-agent as of 11:00 CDT Friday morning, making him available to all other 29 NHL teams. Blues GM Doug Armstrong worked out a deal shortly after D'Agostini became a free-agent, voiding that possibility. Reportedly, the deal is a two-year contract that will keep him on the Blues’ roster until the end of the 2012-13 season. The deal will reportedly pay D'Agostini $1.5 million next season and $1.8 million the following season.
The hole that D’Agostini would have left in the lineup would have been tougher to fill than most would expect. D’Agostini is a depth-player who will likely see a lot of time on the Blues’ checking line. Having a 21 goal-scorer that low on your depth chart is never a bad thing.
The Blues still have four players who are free-agents as of 11:00 CDT today.
Forwards: Cam Janssen (UFA); Dave Scatchard (UFA)
Defensemen: Tyson Strachan (UFA)
Goalies: Ty Conklin (UFA)