LOUIS (AP) – The St. Louis Blues authorized long time head of state of hockey operations. General manager Doug Armstrong to a five-year contract expansion Saturday.
Armstrong, 57, was named the organization’s 11th general manager after the 2009-10 season after joining the Blues as assistant general manager in 2008.
“When I look back on my career starting in Minnesota after that we transferred to Dallas, I have actually been with 2 organizations,” Armstrong said. “I’m not large into change in that fashion so being right here another five years is amazing. Cries have qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in nine of Armstrong’s 11 seasons at the helm winning three central department titles. The franchise’s initial Stanley Cup in 2019 defeating the Boston Bruins in a seven-game series.
“I assume it’s important to have continuity,” Armstrong said. “In an industry where change is inevitable you have to make the decision, however they’re all based on attempting to do it in a professional way that the players accept and understand that. I assume connection is at the foundation of that.
“You don’t want to be changing steeds and changing strategies really typically,” Blues owner Tom Stillman said. “You bring a new individual in, various view, maybe we must go this direction. After that all the important things that you have done to build what you have and establish in activity for the future, maybe it doesn’t work as well. I assume it’s a big advantage.”
Armstrong offered as the Dallas Stars’ general manager from 2002-2008. He previously had spent 9 seasons as the Stars’ assistant general manager and was under general manager Bob Gainey when Dallas won the Stanley Cup in 1999.
The Blues also announced the acquisition of forward Logan Brown and an undisclosed conditional draft pick from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for forward Zach Sanford.
“It was something that was made out of necessity, not out of desire,” Armstrong said. “It’s as much having to obtain cap compliant, and in doing that we wanted to bring back a player that we saw upside in.”
Brown, 23, is a St. Louis native and son of previous Blues all-star defenseman Jeff Brown. He has one goal and eight assists in 30 career NHL games. He was drafted 11th overall by Ottawa in the 2016 NHL Entrance Draft.
Sanford, 26, had 71 factors on 36 goals and 35 assists in 183 regular season games with St. Louis because being acquired from Washington in 2017 and racked up in game seven of the Blues’ Stanley Mug Final sway the Boston Bruins.