ST. LOUIS — T.J. Oshie’s heart belongs in St. Louis. That’s why he was busy talking about a long-term contract Friday instead of stating his case to an arbitrator.
The St. Louis Blues and Oshie avoided an arbitration hearing Friday after agreeing to a five-year, $20.875 million contract late Thursday. Oshie’s contract calls for him to make $3.375 million for the upcoming season, $4 million in 2013-14 and $4.5 million in each of the final three seasons.
A 2005 first-round pick by the Blues, the 25-year-old set career-highs in goals (19), assists (35), points (54) and games played (80). His 54 points were tied for the team lead this past season.
Add Oshie’s contract to the recent signing of David Perron to a four-year deal, and the Blues now have a good portion of their core group under contract for the long term. Defensemen Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk and center Patrik Berglund will be restricted free agents after the 2012-13 season and likely are the next targets for long-term deals.
Oshie will continue to be part of that core group and is pleased to be included in the long-term growth of the franchise.