Blues sign Cole and Cracknell

News-DemocratMay 28, 2013 

Defenseman Ian Cole on Tuesday agreed to a new two-year, one-way contract extension with the St. Louis Blues while the club also signed veteran forward Adam Cracknell to a one-year, $600,000 contract.

Cole, a restricted free agent, failed to crack the lineup down the stretch with the Blues and played in only 15 games this season. The biggest reason was the additions of veterans Jay Bouwmeester and Jordan Leopold, especially since Bouwmeester filled Cole's former spot alongside Alex Pietrangelo.

Cole, 24, had one assist in 15 games this season and in 67 NHL games has two goals and 11 points.

Cole was the 18th overall pick in the 2007 draft and starred at Notre Dame before signing a pro contract.

The Blues have several other key contracts to work out on defense, especially with restricted free agents Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk.

Kris Russell is a restricted free agent while Leopold is an unrestricted free agent.

Cracknell emerged as a valuable contributor late this season as a key member of the team's "CPR Line" with teammates Chris Porter and Ryan Reaves.

The 27-year-old Cracknell had two goals and six points in 20 games with the Blues. Signed as a free agent by the Blues in July, 2009, Cracknell also played an important role in the playoffs on the teams' checking and energy line.

Contact reporter Norm Sanders at 239-2454, or on Twitter @NormSanders

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