The St. Louis Blues signed forward Robert Thomas to an eight-year, $65 million contract extension on Wednesday.
The deal will keep Thomas with the Blues through the 2030-31 season.
Thomas, 23, has one year with a base salary of $3.2 million remaining on his current two-year contract. He would have become a restricted free agent next summer.
“St. Louis is where I want to be,” Thomas told the team’s website. “From the moment I got here, it’s been a second home to me, and every year that’s gone by, I’ve loved playing for the Blues more and more. Since I’ve been here, I’ve felt like we’ve had a chance at winning the Stanley Cup every season and I truly believe there will be many more opportunities to win it. That’s why I couldn’t be happier to be part of it for the next nine seasons.”
Thomas set career-high totals in goals (20), assists (57), points (77) and game-winning goals (six) in 72 games last season.
He has 164 points (42 goals, 122 assists) in 241 career games since being selected by the Blues with the 20th overall pick of the 2017 NHL Draft.
“It means a lot (signing here),” Thomas said. “I’m excited for the future of this team and to be part of the championship runs to come.”
–Field Level Media