Blues, Berglund agree on one-year deal; plenty of Blues' ties to Blackhawks Stanley Cup title

News-DemocratJune 25, 2013 

St. Louis Blues center Patrik Berglund and the team have agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension worth $3.25 million, Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong confirmed Tuesday.

Berglund, 25, would have become a restricted free agent on July 1. The 2006 first-round draft pick had 17 goals and 25 points while playing in all 48 games last season, leading the NHL in shooting percentage by scoring on 23 percent of his shots (17-for-74).

The 17 goals ranked second on the Blues and the 25 points tied Berglund for fourth. In 358 NHL games, Berglund has 92 goals and 188 points and has scored at least 20 goals three times in five seasons.

Berglund also has four goals and nine points in 19 career playoff games. This deal appears similar to one-year deals signed by previous Blues free agents like T.J. Oshie, David Perron, Chris Stewart and others where it is implied that a long-term deal could be offered in the future if warranted by production.

Berglund was the first of six restricted free agents to come to terms with the Blues. Also on the list are defensemen Alex Pietrangelo, Kevin Shattenkirk and Kris Russell, Stewart and goaltender Jake Allen.

There is also the possibility of trades this week with the NHL Draft set for Sunday in New Jersey. Right now the Blues have depth in goal with Jaroslav Halak, Brian Elliott and Allen as well as on defense.

Ex-Blues celebrate

Monday was a big night for several Blues alumni that played big roles in the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup-clinching victory over the Boston Bruins.

Former Blues head coach Joel Quenneville won his second Stanley Cup in four seasons as head coach of the Blackhawks, while former Blues head coach and Quenneville assistant Mike Kitchen got to hoist the cup as a Chicago assistant.

Before coming to the Blues, Quenneville was an assistant coach on the Colorado Avalanche's 1996 Stanley Cup championship.

Quenneville became the Blues' head coach midway through the 1996-97 season and lasted until 2003-04. His 2000-01 Blues club reached the Western Conference finals before losing to Colorado.

Quenneville's 1999-2000 Blues won the Presidents Trophy for best record in the NHL at 51-19-11 and compiled a franchise-record 114 points, but was upset in the first round of the playoffs by eighth-seeded San Jose.

He remains the Blues' all-time winningest coach with a record o 301-191-77-18 in 593 games.

Quenneville now has 660 wins and two Stanley Cup championships as a head coach to his credit, along with a third as an assistant.

Another former Blues assistant coach now with the 'Hawks, Jamie Kompon, won the Stanley Cup for the second year in a row. Kompon also was on the league champion Los Angeles Kings coaching staff last season.

Blackhawks players Jamal Mayers and Michal Handzus each played for the Blues as well. There is another St. Louis tie on the Blackhawks in forward Brandon Bollig, a Francis Howell High graduate who grew up in nearby St. Charles, Mo.

Bollig is believed to be the first St. Louis-born and raised player to play for a Stanley Cup champion.

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

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