Blues Sign AHL Defensive Depth With Danny Syvret

According to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post Dispatch, the Blues have signed free agent defenseman Danny Syvret to a one year, two way contract. Syvret is a 2005 third round pick (81st overall) of the Edmonton Oilers, who has played most of his professional career with the Philadelphia Flyers and Adirondak/Philadelphia Phantoms. He also played six games with the Anaheim Ducks last season. In 59 NHL games, Syvret has three goals and four assists, though he has shown himself to be a solid force on the AHL blueline in the past.

It's a cheap deal for the Blues, worth $525,000 in the NHL and $200,000 in the AHL. That's a bit of a pay cut for the NHL level, but a significant jump for the AHL. It shows you where his value is, and the Rivermen could certainly benefit from that. The Blues also benefit from a decent plug-in should the injury bug bite again.

"Danny Syvret has huge skills, and he fills that offensive spot on our blueline in Peoria," Peoria GM and Blues assistant GM and director of pro scouting Kevin McDonald said in a statement.

"He quarterbacks the power play, gives us another scoring threat. "He fits the kind of players we've been looking for, guys who can carry on as elite players at the AHL level and push for NHL opportunities with the Blues."

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