Carl Gunnarsson agreed to a two-year, $3.5 million contract with the St. Louis Blues on Thursday. It has an average annual value of $1.75 million.
The 32-year-old defenseman could have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
The native of Orebro, Sweden, had three points (one goal, two assists) in 19 games during the Stanley Cup Playoffs; the goal came in overtime of Game 2 in the Cup Final and gave the Blues a 3-2 win against the Boston Bruins. It was the Blues' first win in the Stanley Cup Final after losing 13 straight. The Blues defeated the Boston Bruins in seven games to win their first Stanley Cup.
Gunnarsson, who had seven points (three goals, four assists) and was plus-8 in 25 regular-season games for the Blues this season, was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the seventh round (No. 194) of the 2007 NHL Draft. He has 129 points (28 goals, 101 assists) and is plus-49 in 581 NHL games with the Blues and Maple Leafs, and has six points (one goal, five assists) in 62 playoff games.
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