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St. Louis' Berglund signs two-year extension

by Emily Kaplan / NHL.com
Patrik Berglund didn't want to wait.

The Blues' 6-foot-4, 218-pound center knew what he wanted: to remain a part of the St. Louis organization.

So on Tuesday, Berglund signed a two-year contract extension with the Blues. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that the extension, which runs through the 2012-13 season, is worth $4.5 million.

On Wednesday, from his home in Sweden, Berglund addressed media and fans in a web chat that was streamed live on the Blues' website. He expressed the excitement and relief he felt about getting the deal out of the way.

"That was a big priority for me," Berglund said when asked how important it was to get the deal done quickly. "I want to be a part of the team and just look forward."
 
Berglund is coming off a stellar season with St. Louis, where he established new career highs in games played (81), points (52), goals (22) and assists (30). He also led the Blues with a career-best eight power-play goals.

Last season was Berglund's third with St. Louis. He was drafted by the Blues in the first round (25th pick) of the 2006 Entry Draft.

Berglund, who turns 23 on Thursday, would have become a restricted free agent on July 1.

“Patrik took his game to another level this season and followed it up with an outstanding performance in the World Championships," St. Louis General Manager Doug Armstrong said in a press release. “We expect him to be a major component of the Blues and continue to advance in this League."

Berglund expects to be a major contributor, too.

"I want to be a player that the whole team can count on in every situation," he said. "And that's something I'm really going to work hard on."
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