(HockeySTL) – The St. Louis Blues on Tuesday opened up free agency with a bang, signing free agent center Paul Stastny to reported four year, $28 million deal.
The club hopes Stastny, who scored 25 goals and had 35 assists this past season, becomes the missing piece to a team that desperately needs a goal scorer.
The son of former Blue and Hall-of-Famer Peter Stastny, the 6-foot forward moved to St. Louis when he was 8. He played his high school hockey at Chaminade his freshman and sophomore years before leaving the team to play for the Junior B St. Louis Blues.
He was drafted 44th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in 2005. The next year, he posted 78 points (28 goals, 50 assists), en route to earning 2007 NHL All-Rookie Team honors.
Stastny has represented the United States five times, including the 2010 Winter Olympics, when he helped the U.S. capture the silver medal. He appeared in six games, scoring two goals, at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.