After re-acquiring Sammy Blais earlier this year, the St. Louis Blues have already reached a contract extension with him. The team announced a one-year, $1MM deal for the 2023-24 season.
While he never fit with the New York Rangers, Blais, and the Blues have always been a perfect match. One of the most physical forwards in the NHL, his return to St. Louis has gone exactly as expected, with 34 hits in just nine games. The fact that he’s chipped in two goals after failing to score a single one through 49 games in New York is just even more evidence that he belonged in St. Louis the whole time.
A one-year deal for less money than he is currently making was likely always going to be the outcome after his ACL injury and disappointing campaign, and the Blues will give him a chance to bounce back next season.
While he’ll never be a top-line contributor, head coach Craig Berube is adamant about getting back to the hard-working, lunchpail style that brought the Blues so much success in the past.