Patrik Berglund has officially signed a contract extension which will keep him with the St. Louis Blues for five more season. The contract, which is for $19.25 million, comes at a time where NHL trades and signings are surging.
A member of the Blues since being drafted in 2006, the 6’4 forward has been a key player for the Western conference team. Although they haven’t able to reach the hallowed Stanley Cup Final, with Berglund the team has been able to reach the Western Conference Finals. Although he has faced serious shoulder injuries which have kept him out significant amounts of time, he has proven the he is a heart and soul player for the Blues.
With the team seeing key players like T.J Oshie being traded away in recent years, the signing of Berglund should come as a step in a good direction. What may come as a little bit less happy news is the impending rumors of the team trading defense man Kevin Shattenkirk. The defender is one of the many names floating around the NHL rumor as being one of the big trades this season. Like Berglund, Shattenkirk has been one of the teams constants in terms of not only defenders but players in general. As someone who the team can rely on in the back end, the loss of Shattenkirk would been a big blow to the teams infrastructure. But, with the signing of Berglund, maybe it isn’t looking so good for the defender to stay in the Blues note jersey.
Time will tell on this trade among all the others that are bound to happen before the trade deadline.