Berglund signs 5-year, $19.25 million extension
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 25, 2017,
Feb 25, 2017, 4:33
The Blues signed their 2006 first-round pick to a five-year contract extension worth $19.25 million.
Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong must decide whether to keep Shattenkirk for a potential playoff run and risk losing him after the season, similar to David Backes and Troy Brouwer last season, trade Shattenkirk or try to sign him to a long-term deal.
The 28-year-old Berglund has 17 goals and seven assists this season in 60 games; he started the season with one goal in 30 games before going on a bit of a tear with 16 in 26 games. If left unsigned, he would have become an unrestricted free agent.
Berglund has spent his entire nine-year career with St. Louis. Over his 615 game career, he has 145 goals and 286 points planted firmly as a middle-six center.
From a puck possession perspective, Berglund has held a 52.14 adjusted 5-on-5 CF% along with a plus-2.00 adjusted 5-on-5 CF% rel.
New Blues coach Mike Yeo spoke highly of Berglund last week.
Blues fans likely would have been up in arms about this move had it been announced either at the midway point of the 2015-16 season or this season.
"I think it's just his identity as a player, knowing the things he needs to do to be successful. When you think about Bergy being physical, when you think about him controlling pucks in the offensive zone, getting to the net, these are things that make him extremely hard to defend and I think he's doing that very consistently right now".