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Blues, Stewart avoid arbitration with 2-year deal

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By Scott Bierman By Scott Bierman

(HockeyStL) -- On the eve of his wedding, Chris Stewart and the St. Louis Blues agreed to tie the knot for two more years on Friday.

Stewart broke the news (like most do these days) on Twitter: "@CstewSTL25: On the eve of my wedding in proud to announce that I will be spending the next 2 yrs in STL.... #bluesssssss"

The two-year extension, worth $8.3 million, avoids a date with the arbitrator, which was set for Monday morning. He made $3 million last season.

Stewart, who turns 26 on October 30, played in all 48 games of the lockout-shortened season this year and posted 36 points, including 18 goals, with an even plus-minus. It was a bounce back from a disappointing 2012-13 campaign when he registered only 30 points (15 goals, 15 assists) in 79 games played.

The Blues acquired the 6-foot-2, 231-pound forward, along with Kevin Shattenkirk and a 2011 second round draft pick, from the Colorado Avalanche for Erik Johnson, Jay McClement and a 2011 first round pick on February 19, 2011.

In 153 games since the trade, Stewart has scored 83 points, including 48 goals, with a plus-five rating for St. Louis.

The Avalanche selected Stewart with the 18th overall pick in the 2006 Draft.

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