Kevin Shattenkirk signs four-year extension with Blues

Kevin Shattenkirk signs four-year extension with Blues

Credit: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 21: Kevin Shattenkirk #22 of the St. Louis Blues controls the puck against Justin Braun #61 of the San Jose Sharks during Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scottrade Center on April 21, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Blues beat the Sharks 3-1 to advance to the Western Conference Semifinals. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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by Brian Stubits

CBS SPORTS

Posted on June 26, 2013 at 3:46 PM

(CBS SPORTS) - Kevin Shattenkirk had a very strong season for the St. Louis Blues this year and they have rewarded him with a big new contract.

The defenseman has signed a four-year contract extension to remain in St. Louis, and according to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, he's getting a pretty good raise. Rutherford says the contract is for $17 million over those four seasons, $4.25 million annually.

Shattenkirk was scheduled to become a restricted free agent next week but not anymore. The new deal will carry through the 2016-17 season at which point Shattenkirk will be available for unrestricted free agency. Oh, by the way, the Blues also need to reach a new deal with Alex Pietrangelo, another restricted free agent, and he's likely to command more than Shattenkirk.

It's going to be a costly summer for the Blues. They already announced a one-year deal with Patrik Berglund as well.

Shattenkirk came to the Blues in 2010-11 along with Chris Stewart in a deal that sent Erik Johnson to the Avalanche. He played all 48 games this season for the Blues, recording five goals and 18 assists. It's a pretty good deal for the Blues, it would seem. That's a pretty fair price for a young defenseman with a scoring touch.

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