According to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the St. Louis Blues have signed forward Patrik Berglund to a new two-year deal reportedly worth $4.5 million.
Berglund was set to become a restricted free agent on July 1, but became an off-season priority on the heels of recording career highs in goals (22) and assists (30) in 2010-11. The 23-year old also turned in a strong offensive performance at the 2011 World Championships with Sweden, he finished tied for second in scoring with eight goals and two assists in nine games.
Berglund has also been among the Blues best players in terms of puck possession in each of the last two seasons with a Corsi rating of 10.6 in 2009-10 and 8.6 last season. Translation = Berglund has been one of the Blues best forwards over the last two years and his new cap hit of $2.25 million certainly enhances his value.
Up next for GM Doug Armstrong will be hammering out a deal for T.J. Oshie, so as long as they can find him…