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Alex Steen reportedly looking to extend contract early

23 MAY 2016: St. Louis Blues left wing Alexander Steen (20) skates with the puck down ice against the San Jose Sharks during game 5 of the Western Conference Final of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center. (Photo by Jimmy Simmons/Icon Sportswire)

The St. Louis Blues have gotten solid production from veteran forward Alexander Steen during the last few years.

While his numbers declined a bit last year in the goal production department, though, Steen hopes to return to the Blues once his current deal is up this coming summer.

He hopes to return so much, in fact, that he’s reportedly looking to wrap up an extension before the 2016-17 campaign has even begun.

During Jeremy Rutherford’s live fan chat this week, he confirmed that the forward – who is hoping to be back from a shoulder injury in time to play for Team Sweden at the upcoming World Cup of Hockey – is looking to get something done soon. Per Rutherford, that’s something that fans should keep an eye on; according to him, both sides are likely on the same page with this kind of thought:

“Regarding his contract, I’m hearing that Steen would like to get it done before the season starts. I’m sure the Blues would like that to happen, too, because Armstrong does not want to lose another player to free agency like he did with Backes and Brouwer.”

Steen put up 17 goals and 52 points last season for the Blues, marking his lowest goal and points totals since the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season. He did so in just 67 games played, though, suggesting that there isn’t much reason to believe he’s anything but a 20-plus goal scorer still at this point in his career.

The Blues will head into their 2017 offseason with $53 million already committed in cap space, with big names like Kevin Shattenkirk also coming off the payroll and prospect Colton Parayko almost certainly needing a raise of his own. That should weigh in when the team considers how much Steen will get on his next contract, especially as a player who will be 33 by the end of the 2016-17 campaign.

If a good deal is possible to work out, though, getting it done before the year begins seems prudent.

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