Blues extend Brodziak — two years, $1.9 million

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The Blues liked Kyle Brodziak‘s first season in St. Louis so much, they signed up for two more.

On Monday, the club announced it signed Brodziak to a two-year, $1.9 million extension — one that carries a $950,000 average annual cap hit.

Signed to a one-year, $900,000 deal last season, Brodziak was a regular fixture in the lineup last season, appearing in 76 games while recording seven goals and 11 points.

In 20 playoff appearances, he scored twice.

Once a pretty effective scorer — he scored 38 times over two years in Minnesota — Brodziak is now almost primarily a bottom-six energy forward with good checking ability.

He was one of the better shot-blocking forwards on the team last year and was active in the faceoff circle, finishing fourth on the team in draws won.

With that bit of business done, GM Doug Armstrong can focus on some of his bigger decisions. Team captain David Backes is still without a contract, as is playoff standout Troy Brouwer.

Armstrong must also set aside money for prized RFA forward Jaden Schwartz, who had 14 points in 20 playoff games.