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by Paul on 12/18/13 at 05:01 PM ET
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has agreed to terms with forward Alexander Steen on a three-year contract extension worth $17.4 million.
Steen, 29, is having a career year, posting 36 points including 22 goals through 33 games this season. The 6’0, 212-pound forward tallied 20 goals in his first 24 games, becoming the fastest player in franchise history to reach that plateau since Brett Hull in 1990-91. In addition, Steen scored in each of the club’s first 10 wins, becoming the first player in National Hockey League (NHL) history to do so since Eric Lindros in 1993-94. From Oct. 17 to Nov. 16, he became the first Blue since Pierre Turgeon (1999-2000) to record at least a point in 13 straight games, a stretch that also stands as the second longest by any player this season. Overall this season, the Winnipeg, Manitoba native ranks highly in most major offensive categories, including 9th in points, 2nd in goals, 15th in power play goals (5), 4th in game-winning goals (5), 17th in shots (112) and 6th in shooting percentage (19.6%). Additionally, Steen is one of the NHL’s most well rounded players, as he joins Anze Kopitar (LAK) as the only forwards that average over 15 minutes of even strength time, two minutes of shorthanded time and three minutes of power play time per game.
Currently in his ninth NHL season and sixth as a Blue, Steen has totaled 339 points including 145 goals and 194 assists to go along with 246 penalty minutes in 570 career games. A former first round pick of Toronto in 2002, Steen was originally acquired by the Blues from the Maple Leafs (along with Carlo Colaiacovo) in exchange for Lee Stempniak on Nov. 24, 2008
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