By Patrick Kelly
While all pro sports seasons have been on pause, there are some aspects of sports that are still moving along like business as usual. One of those is extensions for players, two of which the Blues have announced over the last two days.
The first came on Wednesday when the Blues announced they have re-signed 23-year-old Sammy Blais to a two-year, 1.5 average per year deal. Blais missed a good part of the season with a wrist injury, before which he had eight points in 20 games. Blais had already played under Blues head coach Craig Berube with the Blues’ old AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves. Berube added a degree of physicality to his game and has helped him get to where he is now.
The second signing for the Blues came on Thursday afternoon when they announced another signing, this time a defender. Marco Scandella was extended four years by the Blues with the deal averaging $3.275 million. While Scandella has played only 11 games for the Blues, his presence on the ice has been immediately felt. Scandella has already played under a similar system and by having a big presence at 6-foot-3, 212 pounds, he fits perfectly into the role that was unfortunately left when Jay Bouwmeester was sidelined.
With both of these signings, the Blues really don’t add too much to their cap. Blais was given a nice payday, almost doubling his previous average per year, while Scandella will make just $25,000 more per year than Bouwmeester. The Blues’ big fish this summer is Alex Pietrangelo, who is still unsigned and should warrant anywhere from 9-10 million per year.