ST. LOUIS - Alexander Steen will be a member of the St. Louis Blues for the forseeable future.
Steen signed a four-year contract extension worth $23 million on Friday, the first day of training camp. The 32-year-old forward, who had one year remaining on his current three-year deal, is now signed with the Blues through the 2020-21 season.
This marks the second time Steen could have elected to test the market as an unrestricted free agent, but instead chose to sign an extension to remain a Blue.
"It would have been extremely tough to leave here, but now I don't have to worry about that," Steen said Friday. "I don't think I could have seen myself throwing another (jersey) over my shoulders right now. It takes some time to grow attached like this, and for me, it's nothing that I take lightly and I'm extremely happy to be here."
"St. Louis has become home. I've been here eight years," Steen added. "I've gotten to know a lot of people within hockey and outside hockey here. We seem to be spending less and less time in Sweden to make sure we get our time in here as well. It's been an incredible journey and St. Louis is definitely somewhere I see as home now."