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Patrik Berglund agrees to contract with Blues

Forward gets five years, $19.25 million through 2021-22 season

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Forward Patrik Berglund agreed to terms on a five-year, $19.25 million contract with the St. Louis Blues on Friday.

The new contract has an average annual value of $3.85 million. Berglund is in the final year of a three-year, $11.1 million contract with an AAV of $3.7 million, according to CapFriendly.com. He could have become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

"I would like to still be a Blue," Berglund told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch before before the Blues' five-day break. "I think everybody in here and upstairs knows that I want to be a Blue too. … I understand the business of it all, so I just have to take it one day at a time until whatever happens. I'll just hope that we can agree on something. It's nothing that is stressing me out."

The 28-year-old has 24 points (17 goals, seven assists) in 60 games this season. Berglund scored one goal in his first 30 games but has 16 in his past 30.

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"I was happy with my overall game (in the first half of the season)," he said. "I knew it was going to come at some point, but also I'd never been a part of that big of a goal drought, so, yeah, it was frustrating, but I just kept on working."

He has 286 points (145 goals, 141 assists) in 615 regular-season games during nine seasons, all with the Blues.

Berglund helped St. Louis reach the Western Conference Final last season with nine points (five goals, four assists) in 20 Stanley Cup Playoff games. The Blues lost to the San Jose Sharks in six games.

St. Louis selected Berglund in the first round (No. 25) in the 2006 NHL Draft.

"I have very high expectations of myself and I'm never satisfied," Berglund told the newspaper. "I still want to get better, I still want to challenge myself, I want to challenge the guy that I play against to beat me, and that mindset will hopefully be around until the day I quit. As long as that thing is there, I feel like I will for sure be able to be a good player and keep growing."

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