Armstrong signs contract extension as Blues GM through 2026-27

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Doug Armstrong signed a five-year contract extension as general manager of the St. Louis Blues through the 2026-27 season Saturday.

Armstrong replaced Larry Pleau as Blues general manager July 1, 2010 and was named GM/alternate governor and president of hockey operations Sept. 3, 2013. The contract will make Armstrong the longest-tenured general manager in Blues history, surpassing Pleau (1997-2010).

Armstrong helped build the team that’s won three Central Division titles (2011-12, 2014-15, 2019-20), made nine appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and won their first Stanley Cup championship since joining the NHL in 1967, defeating the Boston Bruins in seven games in the 2019 Stanley Cup Final. He was voted the 2012 NHL general manager of the year by NHL GMs and executives, and print and broadcast media, after the second round of the playoffs. 

The Blues traded for forward Pavel Buchnevich on July 23 and signed forward Brandon Saad to a five-year contract six days later. Forward Vladimir Tarasenko was present for the start of training camp Thursday and said he is focused on playing hockey after he requested a trade through his agent May 25. 

St. Louis was 27-20-9 last season, fourth in Honda West Division, and was swept by the Colorado Avalanche in the best-of-7 Stanley Cup First Round.

On Feb. 3, Armstrong was named general manager of the Canada men’s ice hockey team that will compete at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

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