The St. Louis Blues had a lot of decisions to make this offseason with several restricted free agents on their roster. The team is making sure one of those players will be returning as they have re-signed Patrik Berglund to a one-year contract worth $3.25 million. He may have had a down postseason but this was a move that the team needed to make going into next season.
Berglund scored 17 goals for the Blues this season in 48 games and while he may have had only two points in the playoffs, he is still 25-years old. You don’t let players that age with Berglund’s ability slip away. There are still several other players that the team needs to get under control heading into the 2013-14 season, but this is a good start. Berglund had a 52-point season just two years ago so he could easily find a way to get back to those numbers during a full year next season.
St. Louis is going to be a team to watch for without any doubt. Berglund scored on 23 percent of his shots this season and while that percentage will certainly go down next year, he is a sniper. The biggest question to me is whether or not the team will now pursue a long-term deal with their young center. I think a fair deal would be four years for around $15 million. It is right around what he will make next season and would leave the team with some salary cap flexibility in the process.