Blues sign T.J. Oshie to 5-year deal

The St. Louis Blues have agreed to terms with T.J. Oshie on a five-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration with the talented center.

The deal, announced Thursday on the Blues' official website, will pay Oshie an average of $4.175 million per year.

Oshie, 25, had been a restricted free agent before agreeing to the deal. The former first-round draft choice scored 19 goals and had 54 points -- both career highs -- this past season with the Blues.

Oshie has spent his entire four-year career with the Blues, recording 63 goals and 112 assists in 262 games.