The St. Louis Blues are coming off a pretty memorable regular season as a team. From an individual perspective, however, Chris Stewart probably wouldn't mind forgetting it and moving on. In his first full year with the club, the 24-year old forward managed just 30 points in 79 games -- far below what he or anyone else expected his numbers to look like at the end of the year.
The restricted free agent will be back in St. Louis for the 2012-13 campaign though. According to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Blues have locked him up to a one-year extension worth $3 million. There's obviously upside here -- after all, he's a 230-pound forward who posted 117 points over the two previous campaigns -- so it's just a matter of getting him back on track. The fact that it's a one-year deal gives Stewart another 82 games to show what he can do, while also giving Ken Hitchcock and his staff another chance to get the most out of him. And it does so without locking either side in long term just yet.
- Luke Lapinski