Blues Agree To Terms With Former 1st Rounders Oshie and Eller
The Blues have finalized entry level deals with 2007 first round pick Lars Eller and 2005 first rounder TJ Oshie.
Eller will arrive in St. Louis on Tuesday to take his physical as long as he doesn't encounter any visa issues coming over from Halifax where he's been representing Denmark in the Worlds.
Oshie arrived in St. Louis on Monday and is expected to finalize his deal on Tuesday as well.
An official announcement will be made by the club on Tuesday and the players will be introduced to the local media on Wednesday.
The players will meet with Blues Strength Coach Nelson Ayotte over the next few days and begin to learn the Blues off-season program.
Oshie has been working out with Blues prospect Chris Porter at Shattuck St. Mary's prep over the last few weeks.
Eller's deal will pay him a salary of $875,000 over the next three years as long as he's playing in the NHL. His deal also includes a signing bonus of $87,500. There are also both "A" "B" level bonuses he can earn each year on top of his base pay.
The Blues are obligated to offer Eller back to his pro team in Sweden if the Danish prospect doesn't make the Blues roster out of training camp.
If he chooses Sweden over Peoria he would not be eligible to play in any NHL games until the following season in 2009-2010. The Blues obviously would prefer Eller to stay in North America next year which would at least give him a chance to be called up during the season. The decision is 100% up to Eller.
I'll have more on Oshie later.
Wild winger Pavol Demitra has hired NHLPA agent Matt Keator to represent the veteran All-Star winger. Canucks GM Mike Gillis had represented Demitra over the last several years.
Best of Luck To former St. Louis Bandits Head Coach Jon Cooper who has accepted the Head Coaching position with the Green Bay Gamblers in the USHL.
More to come,