I like it. Shorter term mitigates the injury risk for the team while Steen cashes in while he's healthy. The Blues will find plenty of cost savings next year at the goalie position and hopefully dealing Stewart with the cost-controlled Jaskin replacing him. Still plenty of money to invest in a center.
If it were 6 years at that term it'd be a different reaction but three years at that term is fair from both sides. Besides, simply as a human being if there's one guy you don't mind being slightly overpaid (if his production were to drop significantly) it's Alexander Steen. And, with the way he thinks the game and with the way he brings his effort every shift, I see no danger of that dropping off. The only thing that could make this a deal that hurts the Blues is significant injury time.
Compare and contrast Steen's deal with Shell-of-Paul-Kariya's 3yr 18M deal.
The deal still worries me as he is having a career year but besides this season he has one 50 point season. He should hit in the 60's this year maybe 70's but I really would expect him to produce around 50 points for the duration of his contract. Not a knock on him at all just 5.8 million is a lot of money for a 50 point guy that plays about 68 games on average a season since coming to the Blues.
This is one of those contracts where you're just happy the player signed. Some may not like the term/money, but the fact that Steen is with us for the next 3 years is huge.
this. although people were saying he would cost 6-7 million a year for 8 years after his hot start. so I'm happy with the cap hit. and Steen has really just elevated his game since the playoffs last year and I'm not convinced his start was just a hot streak, I think it was a hot streak on top of his improvement.
There was no doubt he would stay, I'm a little surprised he received 5.8 million but I guess that escalation is because of the rising cap, so The Blues had to come in higher than they would have liked, but they did get a good deal since it's only three years.
I'm shocked he is getting 1.3 million more than Backes...that's the only part that seems a little off.
Good deal he would have gotten upward of 6 mil on open market.
That's why he only gave The Blues 3 years. Had they offered him $6 million per year, he'd have signed for 5 years. Now, if he finishes this year with 40+ goals, and has over 30 each, in the following 2 years, he can cash in in a big way in summer of 2016.