Parayko agrees to eight-year, $52 million contract extension with Blues

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Colton Parayko agreed to an eight-year, $52 million contract extension with the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday. It will begin with the 2022-23 season and has an average annual value of $6.5 million.

The 28-year-old defenseman has one season remaining on the five-year, $27.5 million contract ($5.5 million AAV) he signed with the Blues on July 20, 2017.

“I can’t wait to wear the Blue Note for another nine years,” Parayko said. “St. Louis has been my home now for six seasons, and this is where I want to be. All the relationships I’ve gained, the teammates I’ve had, and the organization have all had a big impact on me. Winning [the Stanley Cup] here in 2019 was special, and I want the chance to stay here and do that again.”

Parayko scored 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) and was minus-2 in 32 regular-season games. He missed 21 games from Feb. 18-April 3 because of a back injury; he scored four points (one goal, three assists) in 16 regular-season games after returning and had one assist in four Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Selected by St. Louis in the third round (No. 86) of the 2012 NHL Draft, Parayko has scored 171 points (41 goals, 130 assists) and is plus-54 in 418 regular-season NHL games. He has scored 27 points (eight goals, 19 assists) and is plus-4 in 70 playoff games.

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