The Blues have agreed to a deal with restricted free agent Magnus Paajarvi.
The St. Louis Blues announced on Thursday afternoon that they have agreed to a one-year, one-way contract with forward Magnus Paajarvi. The 26-year-old winger will earn $800,000 during the 2017-18 season.
Paajarvi finally had a breakout season in 2016-17 after three rather mediocre seasons in St. Louis. He was waived early in the season as the Blues faced a roster crunch and was reassigned to the AHL, but after working his way back from a wrist injury suffered in the minors, he re-emerged with the Blues in February and put together his most impressive stretch of production since his rookie year with the Edmonton Oilers back in 2010-11.
In 32 games for the Blues, the former Oilers first-rounder had eight goals and five assists, along with a career-best plus-9 rating. While he became a scapegoat during the Blues’ second-round series loss to the Predators and was a healthy scratch on several occasions, he was actually decently productive, collecting a goal and two assists in eight games, with that goal being the game-winner in overtime of the Blues’ Game 5 victory over the Minnesota Wild in Round 1, which allowed them to advance to the second round.
Paajarvi figures to battle for a top-nine forward spot in training camp this year, as he’ll attempt to stave off guys like Ivan Barbashev, Zach Sanford, and Dmitrij Jaskin. If Scottie Upshall departs as an unrestricted free agent, Paajarvi may also be a candidate to take over his role as the fourth-line left wing.