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Polak gets new deal with Blues

Saturday, 07.25.2009 / 1:28 PM / 2009 NHL Offseason News

By NHL.com Staff

The St. Louis Blues kept an important member of their young core of players in the fold, signing restricted free agent defenseman Roman Polak on Saturday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Polak, 23, became a regular on the St. Louis blue line last season, playing in 69 games and registering 15 points. That included his first career NHL goal, the game-winner in a 4-2 victory over Minnesota on Dec. 20. He also added an assist for his first career multi-point game. A couple weeks later, Polak logged nearly 31 minutes of ice time in a game at Carolina.

In addition, Polak played in all four postseason games against Vancouver as St. Louis made its first appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in four seasons.

"Roman played his best professional season this past year," Blues President John Davidson said in a statement. "He's a solid young defenseman who is continuing to grow and will play a huge role with our team."

The 6-foot, 232-pound Polak, a native of Ostrava in the Czech Republic, has played in 94 regular season games since being taken by St. Louis in the sixth round of the 2004 Entry Draft, totaling one goal and 16 points.


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