Apr 17, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny (26) celebrates after scoring the game winning goal during the overtime period of game one of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Minnesota Wild at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Paul Stastny Signs With St. Louis Blues, Mike Cammalleri With Devils

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The battle lines continue to be drawn in the Western Conference, as the St. Louis Blues signed Paul Stastny to a 4 year, $28M contract.  He increases the depth up the middle for the Blues, knocking David Backes down to a more suitable #2 role while also taking some of the depth away from the upstart and rival Colorado Avalanche.

Stastny was expected to get near a max 7 year deal with about the same cap hit  average of $7M, but the Blues didn’t want to commit for that long of a term.  Apparently they convinced Stastny that St. Louis, where he grew up while his dad, Peter Stastny played with the Blues was a good fit and he should accept the shorter deal. 

Meanwhile, in the Eastern Conference, the New Jersey Devils have signed former Calgary Flames winger Mike Cammalleri  to a 5 year, $25M contract.  The Devils threw money around last summer on Jaromir JagrRyane Clowe and Michael Ryder continue to bring in depth scoring.  Cammalleri adds another veteran presence who can put the puck in the net.   The Devils missed the playoffs but were able to re-sign Jagr and now bring Cammalleri into the fold in an effort to get back into the post-season hunt.

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