The future is bright in St. Louis. And now, it's here to stay.
With training camp getting closer by the day, the St. Louis Blues decided to lock in one of their franchise pillars for the future, agreeing to terms with forward Jordan Kyrou on a massive eight-year contract extension worth an average annual value of $8.125 million.
The deal, which now ties Kyrou to St. Louis through the 2030-31 season, comes just a few months after his teammate Robert Thomas signed an identical eight-year pact worth the same AAV, fully entrenching both players as the core of the Blues lineup moving forward.
It's hard to argue against that sentiment, either.
Kyrou broke out in a big way for the Blues last season, his first full campaign as an NHLer, racking up an impressive 27 goals and 48 assists for 75 points in 74 games, all while logging nearly 17 minutes in average nightly ice time. More impressively is that Kyrou managed to do the bulk of his damage when the playing field was even, with 22 of his goals and 33 of his assists coming at even-strength, while his five goals and 14 assists on the power play still made him during the man advantage.
With Kyrou and Thomas under contract through the end of the decade, the Blues can now turn their focus to another star forward, hopefully finding cap room for an extension for Ryan O'Reilly, who is set to become a free agent next summer.
In the meantime, though, Blues fans can rest easy knowing their youth movement will remain intact for quite some time.