Free-agent center Patrik Berglund agreed to terms Thursday on a new three-year contract extension with the St. Louis Blues worth $11.1 million.
Berglund , 26, was coming off a one-year deal worth $3.25 million and had 14 goals and 32 points in 78 games last season. During his six seasons with the Blues, the former first-round pick (25th overall in 2006) has 106 goals and 220 points in 436 games.
The timing of the deal suggests more than a bit of intrigue, especially since Berglund has been mentioned in possible trade rumors during the offseason.
The most recent one includes the Ottawa Senators in a potential deal for veteran center Jason Spezza.
The NHL Draft begins Friday in Philadelphia and Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong as recently as Wednesday talked about a desire to add at least another forward and more scoring.
Armstrong also said at that time he was not in a rush to sign any of his team's free agents.
Berglund had no points in four playoff games last season whle playing through a shoulder injury suffered late in the regular season. He has four goals and nine points in 23 career playoff games.
His best season with the Blues as in 2010-11, when he had a career-high 22 goals and 52 points.