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Steen Agrees to 3-Year Contract Extension With Blues

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St. Louis Blues Alexander Steen takes a shot on the Calgary Flames goal in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on November 7, 2013.    UPI/Bill Greenblatt

St. Louis Blues Alexander Steen takes a shot on the Calgary Flames goal in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on November 7, 2013. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced Wednesday the club has agreed to terms with forward Alexander Steen on a three-year contract extension worth $17.4 million.

Steen, 29, is having a career year, posting 36 points (22 goals) through 33 games this season.

The 6-foot, 212-pound forward tallied 20 goals in his first 24 games, becoming the fastest player in franchise history to reach that plateau since Brett Hull in 1990-91. In addition, Steen scored in each of the club’s first 10 wins, becoming the first player in NHL history to do so since Eric Lindros in 1993-94.

From Oct. 17 to Nov. 16, Steen became the first Blue since Pierre Turgeon (1999-2000) to record at least a point in 13 straight games, a stretch that also stands as the second longest by any player this season.

Overall this season, the Winnipeg, Manitoba native ranks high in most major offensive categories, including ninth in points, second in goals, 15th in power-play goals (5), fourth in game-winning goals (5), 17th in shots (112) and sixth in shooting percentage (19.6%).

Additionally, Steen is one of the NHL’s most well-rounded players, as he joins Anze Kopitar (LAK) as the only forwards that average over 15 minutes of even strength time, two minutes of shorthanded time and three minutes of power play time per game.

Currently in his ninth NHL season and sixth as a Blue, Steen has totaled 339 points including 145 goals and 194 assists to go along with 246 penalty minutes in 570 career games.

A former first round pick of Toronto in 2002, Steen was originally acquired by the Blues from the Maple Leafs (along with Carlo Colaiacovo) in exchange for Lee Stempniak on Nov. 24, 2008

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