By Patrick Kelly
After extending a qualifying offer to Vince Dunn in October, he has been one of the St. Louis Blues’ big priorities to get signed before the eventual season started. Now, with a season date set and training camp starting on Monday for the Blues, they announced a one-year deal worth $1.875 for the young defenseman.
With Dunn inked for one more season it looks like the Blues are all set for the season, pending a possible last-minute signing of Mike Hoffman. On top of getting Dunn signed, he also was signed him to a one-year deal that Andy Strickland of 590 pointed out was unique. This seems to be another instance of general manager Doug Armstrong giving himself some insurance. With Hobey Baker winner Scott Perunovich possibly joining the team, it is smart for Armstrong to see what he has in the younger defenseman. They both are built similarly, so a good first year from Perunovich could make it harder for Dunn to find a spot on this squad.
The Blues don’t need to look into next year as much with the team they have now. With losing your top defenseman, but adding two that have a good chance of playing top-10 minutes on top of a defenseman who put up 50 points in the last five years, the Blues are suddenly Cup contenders again this year. The Blues had a rough time in the bubble, but they have had a lot of time to recoup, get stronger, and now in a shortened season a deep Blues team could do some damage across the entire league.