St. Louis is set to have a busy summer ahead in dealing with restricted free agents and finding other ways to improve the Blues roster, but GM Doug Armstrong locked up one of the more important guys today. Centerman Patrik Berglund has been improving himself and his play in St. Louis over the years and after coming off a season that saw him come up with career highs in goals (22) and assists (30) the Blues want to keep him around to see what else he’s got to offer.
Berglund signed a two year contract today to avoid restricted free agency and became the first of eight restricted free agents to re-sign with the team. At a total worth of $4.5 million and a cap hit of $2.25 over the next two seasons, Berglund will be locked into what could be evolving into a very talented stable of young forwards.
The Blues will be busy trying to also get guys like T.J. Oshie, Roman Polak, B.J. Crombeen, Matt D’Agostini, and Vladimir Sobotka re-signed this summer to try and keep things moving upward for St. Louis. With Cam Janssen and Ty Conklin as unrestricted free agents as well, there’s potential the Blues could see a significant shake up this summer.
For Berglund, however, this is a confirmation in the faith the team has in him after what’s been three solid seasons in St. Louis. Over that time Berglund has 56 goals and 125 points and he’s just 22years-old (he turns 23 in two days). Provided the Blues keep Oshie in the fold and guys like David Backes and Chris Stewart improve and David Perron can get back on the ice, the Blues have a nice set of young forwards heading into the future.
When it comes to point streaks for U.S.-born NHL players, Patrick Kane now stands alone.
With a power-play goal early in Saturday’s Blackhawks – Kings game, Kane extended his streak to 19 games, breaking a tie with Phil Kessel and Eddie Olczyk (who finished with at least a point in 18 straight).
As of this writing, Kane has 11 goals and 19 assists during this 19-game streak. He also leads the NHL in scoring.
Bobby Hull’s 21-game point streak stands as the Chicago Blackhawks’ overall team record, by the way.
Kane also tied Denis Savard (1985-86) for second-longest streak in Chicago history. Bobby Hull had a 21-game streak.