ST. LOUIS (AP) -The St. Louis Blues signed center Keith Tkachuk to a two-year contract on Saturday, one day before he would have become an unrestricted free agent.
The Canadian Press reported that the deal was for $8 million. The Blues traded the four-time All-Star to Atlanta in February but reacquired rights to him earlier this week. The trade allowed St. Louis to deal exclusively with Tkachuk until Sunday.
``We are excited to be able to bring a player of Keith's caliber back to the St. Louis Blues,'' team president John Davidson said. ``Keith played great hockey under head coach Andy Murray last season, and we are thrilled to have him wearing the blue note again.''
Tkachuk, 35, had seven goals and eight assists with the Thrashers after 20 goals and 23 assists for St. Louis. It was the 12th 50-point season in his 15-year career.
The 6-foot-2, 225-pounnd center needs 27 goals to reach 500 and is 24 games shy of 1,000.
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