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Ian Gooding

2020-04-17

NHL hockey might be paused just like every other sport, but that hasn't stopped the St. Louis Blues from locking up two regulars. A day after signing Sammy Blais to a two-year, $3 million extension (AAV $1.5 million), the Blues have inked Marco Scandella to a four-year, $13.1 million contact (AAV $3.275 million). If you were like me, you had forgotten that Scandella is now with the Blues. That's because he's played only 11 games with the Blues, recording just a single assist. However, he had impressed enough defensively during his brief time with the Blues to receive this extension.

If you believe that the Scandella signing means that Alex Pietrangelo is all but done in St. Lou, remember that Jay Bouwmeester and his similar cap hit are very likely to come off the books this summer, particularly because of J-Bo's health situation. An Alexander Steen buyout is another possibility, particularly if teams are given amnesty buyouts to aid with the salary cap not increasing much (if at all) because of the current COVID-19 situation. It will also be interesting to see what happens with upcoming RFA Vince Dunn, who was second only to Pietrangelo in power-play minutes among Blues' d-men.

Feel free to weigh in on the Scandella signing and what it means on the Forum.

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You may have assumed Andrei Markov was retired from hockey, since you haven't seen him in the NHL for a while. However, the official announcement came on Thursday. Markov had spent the last three seasons playing in the KHL, a league that has shut down until next season.

Markov's NHL career ended just 10 games shy of the 1000-g