The St. Louis Blues managed to avoid arbitration with winger T.J. Oshie on Thursday, locking up the restricted free agent with a five-year deal worth an average of $4.175 million per season.
Oshie, 25, is coming off a one-year deal that paid him $2.35 million. He tied captain David Backes for the team scoring lead last season with 19 goals and 54 points.
Oshie and the Blues were scheduled for a 9 a.m. arbitration hearing Friday in Toronto. Both sides had been negotiating trying to reach a settlement and the deal was announced after 10 p.m. Thursday by the Blues.
Last season, Oshie set career highs in goals (19), assists (35), points (54), games played (80), shots (188) and penalty minutes (50).
"He's been relatively consistent really from his rookie season to now," Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong said earlier this week about Oshie, who has 63 goals and 175 points in 262 NHL games since 2008. "There's not a lot of variations in his point totals or variations in his game."
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