The St. Louis Blues have come to an agreement with forward Jordan Kyrou on an eight-year contract extension worth $65 million through the 2030-31 NHL season. The 23-year-old will make $8.125 million on an annual basis, beginning in 2023-24.
The 2022-23 season would have been Kyrou’s final year on his current deal, making him a restricted free agent next summer, should the contract not have been signed.
“It’s nice to get something done and just kind of not have to worry about that,” he said. “Now I can just go focus on playing hockey and working on my game and working on what I need to do to be at the peak of my game. I think for me, it just gives me this whole year to continue and work on my game and just get better and not even focus on any of the contract talk and any of the stuff like that.”
Having just signed fellow forward Robert Thomas to an identical eight-year, $65 million extension back in July, the Blues clearly felt the exact same way about Kyrou’s contributions and place on the roster going forward.
“We’re playing for today and building for the future,” Armstrong said. “Having those two guys signed long term is the cornerstone of what we’re trying to accomplish moving forward. It’s great news for the organization, great news for the city, great news for the players obviously themselves.”
For Kyrou, Thomas has been a teammate, a linemate and a friend over the past few seasons. But now the two share a bond that will see them serve as the longest future tenured players on the team.
“Obviously they’re putting their faith and their trust in us,” Kyrou said. “I think me and ‘Tommer’ are definitely ready for that. I think we’ve taken right steps over the last couple of years and obviously now we’re ready to take even bigger steps and bigger roles for the team. I’m super excited for that. We’re super excited to get going. It’s pretty special.”
Kyrou had 27 goals, 48 assists and 75 points in just 74 games on the year last year – all career highs – to go along with 19 power play points – which ranked him third on the team. He added another seven goals in 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games, finishing second on the team in that department.