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.
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.
It’s no secret that the St. Louis Blues cannot expect to head into 2011-12 with their current roster. Players have to be re-signed and other changes have to be made.
T.J. Oshie is still basically unsigned, while the backup goaltender role and many positions spots are currently vacant. Here are the top-5 things that need to take place in order for the Blues to be a competitive team in 2011-12:
1. Qualified RFAs have to accept offers.
It was announced on Monday that the Blues had sent qualifying offers to T.J. Oshie, Ryan Reaves and Ben Bishop. What does this mean? Oshie would make about $892,500 (a $42,500 raise), Reaves would make $588,500 next season (a $53,500 raise) and Bishop would earn around $892,500 (a $42,500 raise). While each player would receive more money if they accept these offers, it is doubtful that all three would commit to the Blues on such a miniscule raise. All three players are available to receive offer-sheets from other teams come July 1, meaning that the Blues could lose these three players if the player decides to accept the offer-sheet (if the Blues decide not to match the offer). Reaves would not be a major loss to this club, but Bishop is slated to be the next backup to Halak and Oshie is an important element to the offense. The Blues need to continue talks with these players and get a deal worked out soon.
It was a busy day for all NHL teams. The Blues did not have a first round selection (it was lost in the trade that brought Chris Stewart and Kevin Shattenkirk to the organization), but the Blues still had 8 draft picks to select.
Here is the skinny on what the Blues did during draft weekend:
32nd overall draft pick: RW Ty Rattie
41st overall draft pick: RW Dmitrij Raskin
46th overall draft pick: D Joel Edmundson
88th overall draft pick: G Jordan Binnington
Despite not having any picks in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the St. Louis Blues selected three young players in the second round that have very promising futures.
The Blues, who owned the 32nd, 41st and 46th picks in the second round, have stayed away from making trades in the first two rounds. Blues management has decided to use their draft picks to improve their team for the future.
Blues select Ty Rattie with the 32nd draft pick
Rattie, 5’11” 163 lbs, is a speedy right wing who has a nose for the net. Being compared to top pick Nugent-Hopkins on hockeysfuture.com, Rattie is able to find the open ice on the rink to start plays for his teammates. Rattie is known as a special-teams expert as well.
Rattie scored 12 power-play goal s last season for the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL, which was second on his team. He also ranked fourth on the team with 79 points (28-51—79).