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Blues sign defenseman Colton Parayko

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) - The St. Louis Blues have signed defenseman Colton Parayko to a five-year deal worth $27.5 million, according to multiple reports.

Parayko had a scheduled contract arbitration set for Thursday, but it appears a deal has been reached before that meeting was scheduled to begin. 

Parayko's experience in the NHL only spans two years, however, he's made quite an impact as a Blue. 

According to a report by NHL.com, "Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said his top offseason priority was to reach a new deal with Parayko, who in just two seasons has become one of the Blues' most consistent and reliable defensemen."

Parayko played in 81 games last season and hit 35 points, a career-high. 

According to stats from NHL.com, the 6-foot-6, 226 pound defenseman has collected 68 points (13 goals and 55 assists) and a plus-35 rating in 160 regular season games.

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