Remember how the other day I quoted my friend Marissa who suggested that since we weren’t going to have Tarasenko over here for the 2011-12 season that we start signing people?
Guess the Blues listened.
I am pretty pumped that Berglund is coming back. I know there has been all sorts of speculation about his ability to be a dominating center without the influence of TJ Oshie. His numbers while Teej was gone with his ankle injury and the numbers once the Mayor came back definitely encourage that type of thinking.
Or they did.
Bergy’s performance in the IIHF World Championships was the type of thing that every Blues fan I know was waiting for. We’ve known what kind of potential he’s had since his rookie season, but the slump he faced after that had a lot of people disheartened. Yet being named to the tournament’s All-Star team and playing the way he did (second in points, goals, and plus/minus) was the shot of life that everyone was looking for.
On top of being thrilled with his showing after the regular season, I’m pretty pumped that the Blues decided to sign him to a contract that makes sense. A two-way contract reported by Lou Korac to be worth $2.25MM per year, Technoviking will be an RFA following the 2012-13 season. Instead of an inflated contract due to his IIHF play, he got a contract that will allow the Blues to sign others around him, keeping the core of this team young and capable and FULL OF POTENTIAL.
Bergy, I’m glad to see you sticking around. October cannot come fast enough.