The St. Louis Blues have reportedly reached an agreement with forward Patrik Berglund on a one-year, $3.25 million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: One source called it an “agreement in principle” claiming Berglund couldn’t officially re-sign until July 5, but he’s a restricted free agent, and the Blues are well under the cap ceiling for next season, so I’m not sure why they can’t officially announce it now or in the days leading up to July 5.
Regardless, this appears to be a “show-me” contract for Berglund, who’s getting a $1 million raise over his previous cap hit under his current contract. He has 17 goals and 25 points in 48 games this season, but he wasn’t much of a factor in the Blues opening round elimination by the LA Kings, and his production tailed off down the stretch in the regular season, netting only eight points in his final 22 regular season games.
Berglund, 26, will still be an RFA after this contract expires, so he’ll have to significantly improve his offensive consistency if he hopes to earn a long-term extension from the Blues.