The St. Louis Blues have added some much-needed forward depth as the team announced that it has signed forward Kyle Clifford to two-year, $2MM contract with a $1MM AAV. Here’s a full breakdown from CapFriendly:
The Blues could be without Vladimir Tarasenko and Alex Steen for some of next year and depth will be critical, so adding Clifford as a fourth-line option makes plenty of sense for a team that is only a year removed from winning the Stanley Cup. In fact, the team could end up placing both on LTIR to start, which would free up some cap room for the team to add some players, including Clifford.
The 29-year-old spent 10 years with the Los Angeles Kings franchise before being traded at the trade deadline to the Toronto Maple Leafs. While the 6-foot-2, 210-pound forward doesn’t offer much offense, he does provide plenty of grit, something Toronto thought would be a big bonus for the playoffs. He finished between the two clubs with seven goals and 17 points in 69 games, including 133 hits. However, he was replaced in Toronto by free agent Wayne Simmonds instead.
TSN’s Darren Dreger was the first to report the signing.