The St. Louis Blues announced that they have inked 24-year-old forward Landon Ferraro to a one-year, two-way contract. General Fanager gives us the financials: it’s worth $700K at the NHL level, and $275K if he stays in the AHL. In his first full NHL season last year, Ferraro recorded five goals and five assists while playing for the Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins.
Ferraro was one of many RFA’s who were not tendered by their teams prior to free agency. The Bruins decision not to bring back the young center raised some eyebrows, as his tender would have been less than $700K. Ferrarro showed himself to be a serviceable energy line player in Boston after being claimed off of waivers, recording an impressive 101 hits to go along with his ten points, while spending most of his time on a youthful Bruins checking line alongside the likes of Noel Acciari, Tyler Randell, and another non-tendered former Bruin, Brett Connolly.
For the Blues, Ferraro comes as an affordable addition to their forward depth and a player that brings energy and hockey sense to the ice every night that he plays. St. Louis tried the same play last year, bringing in another discarded Bruins prospect in Jordan Caron, and although he played in only four games with the NHL club, was resigned again this off-season. Both Ferraro and Caron will likely spend time with AHL’s Chicago Wolves, considering the depth of a strong Blues team, but will be able to help fill the gaps when called upon this season.