NEWARK, NJ - FEBRUARY 09: Chris Stewart #25 of the St Louis Blues celebrates his first period goal against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on February 9, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
The Blues' summer has gotten off to a positive start, with the pending entry level contract of Vladimir Tarasenko and the re-signing of Chris Stewart.
Chris Stewart did not have the season that he (or anyone else) wanted. Just a little over a year removed from the blockbuster trade that saw the Blues' former first overall pick Erik Johnson and Jay McKee go to the Colorado Avalanche for Chris Stewart and Kevin Shattenkirk, Stewart's future with the club was in doubt. He had 53 points in 2010-2011, 28 of those being goals. After the trade to St. Louis, he put up an outstanding 15 goals in 26 games.
Last season he scored 15 goals for the Blues... in 79 games. Frustration set in for the fans, and Stewart was often named in trade proposals. But, much as they did last off-season by re-signing TJ Oshie to a one-year deal, the Blues want to give Stewart a chance to prove himself. They signed him to a one-year, $3 million deal to get himself back on track. Contract years are great motivators -- it worked for Oshie -- so maybe this might be the move that he needed to get back on track.