The St. Louis Blues have signed free agent defenceman Nick Leddy to a four-year contract This contract carries him through the 2026-27 season. The deal is worth $4 million per season or $16 million total.
Hearing #stlblues have a 4-year deal in place to keep D Nick Leddy. Working on AAV.@DailyFaceoff
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) July 13, 2022
Nick Leddy Signs New Contract As Free Agent
Over his 12-year NHL career, Leddy has played for the Chicago Blackhawks, New York Islanders, Detriot Red Wings, and St Louis Blues. He has put up 68 goals and 292 assists for 360 career points in 851 career games. He was originally drafted in the first round, 16th overall of the 2009 NHL draft by the Minnesota Wild. Leddy was traded to the Blackhawks in 2010 and during his tenure with Chicago, he won one Stanley Cup in 2013.
This past season, he was traded mid-season by Detroit. Leddy was packaged with Luke Witkowski for a 2023 second-round pick, Oskar Sundqvist, and Jake Walman from the Blues. During Leddy’s time with Detriot, he scored one goal and recorded 16 points in 55 games played. With the Blues, Leddy scored two goals and tallied eight points in 20 games played. Despite a low-producing regular season, he scored one goal and recorded five points in nine games played. Leddy is coming off a seven-year, 5.5 million dollar contract.
What He Brings to the Table
The 31-year-old defenceman is known for being a good skater. One of his major strengths is his ability to move the puck along the blue line. Leddy’s great puck movement skills allow him to buy time and create plays. Another benefit to Leddy’s game is that he plays heavy minutes. The defenceman averaged 21:55 minutes in the 2021-2022 season. Leddy not only brings experience due to years in the league but also experience in winning a cup and long playoff runs. However, Leddy is getting older and a downward trend in his game is expected. But despite his age, he can still add value to his team in other facets of the game.
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