After a 109-point season, the St. Louis Blues spent the summer locking up the talent that made it happen instead of making changes after a second-round playoff exit.
Blues general manager Doug Armstrong signed forward David Perron to a four-year deal, then followed that by securing forward T.J. Oshie with a five-year deal. Perron, 24, and Oshie, 26, had arguably their best offensive seasons as professionals. Oshie had a career-best 54 points in 80 games, and Perron's 42 points were nine short of a career high, but he reached that number in just 57 games after returning from a concussion.
"With both David and T.J., those are two players that we've spent quite a bit of time cultivating and ... it was important for our organization to keep these players through the prime of their careers," Armstrong told Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. "Both of these players, especially David Perron at such a young age coming into the League, he'll be right in the middle of his prime years when his contract is up in four years. T.J. Oshie is a little older and signed up for a longer time.
"It's important to have these guys that we believe can be a large part of the solution signed up."
It's not just Oshie and Perron who are back -- it's almost everyone.