ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Blues have taken care of one of their top priorities this offseason, agreeing to a new contract with defenseman Colton Parayko. Parayko’s signed a new five-year contract with the Blues. The deal reportedly is worth $27.5 million and has an average annual value of $5.5 million. With the new deal in place, arbitration has been avoided.
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The 24-year-old defenseman had previously elected for salary arbitration under section 12.2 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement; his hearing was scheduled to take place sometime today.
The 6’6, 226-pound blueliner tallied an NHL career-high 35 points (four goals, 31 assists) in 81 games last season for St. Louis. He also accumulated five points (two goals, three assists) in 11 Stanley Cup Playoff games last postseason. Parayko, a member of the All-Rookie team in 2015-16 scored 33 points (nine goals, 24 assists) and was also a plus-28 in 79 games with the Blues.
“Im beyond excited to reach a new long-term deal to stay in St. Louis,” Parayko told the Blues website. “St. Louis has become my home and this is where I want to be. I’m looking forward to the next five years and can’t wait to get back on the ice in September. Playing in St. Louis, in front of all those fans who support us on and off the ice – there’s no better place to be.”
Doug Armstrong on Colton Parayko: “We think that he’s just starting to scratch the surface on what he’s becoming in this league.” #stlblues
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Blues general manager Doug Armstrong has had nothing but kind words to say about Parayko since he broke into the league two years ago.
“I think we knew we had a special player with what we saw last year,” said Armstrong. “We are pleased to have Colton as part of our group for the next five seasons. He has made tremendous progress over the last two years and possesses all the tools to be a very good NHL defenseman.”
Selected by St. Louis in the third-round (No. 86 overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft, Parayko has a total of 68 points (13 goals, 55 assists) and is a plus-35 in 160 games.
With Parayko locked up, Armstrong firmly believes that his top-four is capable of taking on any challenge.
“With Parayko, Alex (Pietrangelo), Joel (Edmundson) and (Jay Bouwmeester), our top-four is solidified,” Armstrong said. “And I think it can compete against any top-four in the league.”