Oshie avoids arbitration, signs multi-year deal.

Various sources report the St. Louis Blues have avoided salary arbitration with forward T.J. Oshie, re-signing him to a five-year deal worth $4.175 million per season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Oshie’s arbitration hearing was scheduled for today, and Blues GM Doug Armstrong had flown to Toronto (where the arbitration hearings are held) earlier in the week, leading to speculation it wasn’t a good sign for avoiding the process. But, as usually happens in these cases, both side were able to reach an agreement before facing an arbiter. Oshie tied for the team lead in scoring last season (54 points), a career-best for the 25-year-old center. This deal is also a significant raise per season over the $2.35 million he made last season, indicating the Blues have faith Oshie’s best seasons are yet to come.