(HockeyStL) – The St. Louis Blues announced Thursday they had agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension with center Patrik Berglund, but the six year player might not being wearing the Note on his chest come October.
According to CBS Sports, the extension is worth $11.1 million over three years. That money gives the Swede $3.7 million a year – the fourth highest among the team as Alexander Steen ($5.8 million/year), David Backes ($4.5 million/year) and TJ Oshie ($4.175 million/year) are the only players with higher salaries.
However, rumors continue to fly as the NHL draft approaches Friday that Berglund’s extension could spell trade as the Blues have nine draft picks to play around with this weekend.
Jason Spezza has received the most buzz. Spezza, 31, is in the final year of his 7 year - $49 million contract as the Ottawa’s Senator’s captain. TSN’s Bob McKenzie tweeted Wednesday that Ottawa was in talks with four teams about a potential trade, three of them in the Western Conference. One of them is presumably the Blues.
Ottawa could also take on Berglund’s extension. As of Thursday, the Senators have a total team salary just over $29 million. The NHL has yet to set this season’s salary cap, but it is expected to be higher than last year’s $64.3 million.