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St. Louis Blues lock up Brodziak with two-year deal; also make qualifying offers

Blues center Kyle Brodziak (right) signed a two-year contract extension Monday worth $1.9 million.
Blues center Kyle Brodziak (right) signed a two-year contract extension Monday worth $1.9 million. AP

Kyle Brodziak, a center who helped anchor the St. Louis Blues’ fourth line and also the penalty-kill unit, on Monday agreed to a two-year contract extension worth $1.9 million.

That’s an average annual value (AAV) of $950,000.

Brodziak, 32, had seven goals and 11 points in 76 games last season. That total includes three short-handed goals and four game-winning goals.

Brodziak also had two goals in the playoffs as the Blues reached the Western Conference final. He has 105 goals and 239 points in 697 games over 11 NHL seasons.

Also on Monday the Blues made qualifying offers to restricted free agents Jaden Schwartz, Magnus Paajarvi, Ty Rattie, Jordan Caron, Jacob Doty and goaltenders Anders Nilsson, Jordan Binnington and Pheonix Copley.

By submitting qualifying offers, the Blues retain negotiating rights with those players when free agency begins July 1.

Among the Blues’ prospects not receiving qualifying offers were winger Yannick Veilleux (fourth-round pick in 2011), center Ryan Tesink (sixth-round pick in 2011) and winger Cody Beach (fifth round pick in 2010). They will be unrestricted free agents on July 1.

In 20 playoff games last season, Brodziak scored two goals.

Earlier this month the Blues signed forward Scottie Upshall to a one-year deal worth $900,000 and forward Dmitrij Jaskin got a two-year deal worth $2 million.

The Blues also expect veteran forward Vladimir Sobotka to return after playing the last two seasons in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). If he does so, the salary cap hit to the Blues would be $2.7 million.

Current Blues who can become unrestricted free agents July 1 are captain David Backes, who just finished a five-year deal worth $22.5 million, forward Troy Brouwer ($3.66 million cap hit in 2015-16) and forward Steve Ott ($2.6 million cap hit in 2015-16).

General Manager Doug Armstrong has gone on record as saying the club is seeking a long-term deal with restricted free agent Jaden Schwartz while also negotiating toward a new contract extension with goaltender Jake Allen.

Allen is the starter now that the Blues have dealt Brian Elliott to the Calgary Flames. The Blues may be looking for an experienced backup unless they decide to go with Nilsson or Copley.

Norm Sanders: 618-239-2454, @NormSanders

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