Jonathan Toews, the captain of the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks is the highest-paid Manitoba-born hockey player (in history) at $6.5 million per season. the new No. 2, passing New Jersey Devils forward Travis Zajac, who makes $5.75 million per season, is Alexander Steen.
On Wednesday, the St. Louis Blues announced that Steen has signed a three-year contract extension worth $17.4 million. That will pay Steen an average of $5.8 million per season.
He is currently in the final year of a four-year, $13.45 million contract and would have been an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Steen leads the Blues in goals (22) and points (36) this season. He is tied with Anaheim’s Corey Perry of for second place among all NHL players with 22 goals. The Caps Alex Ovechkin is No. 1 with 28.
Interestingly, Steen’s career high for goals in a season is 24, set with the Blues in 2009-10.
The Blues acquired Steen in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 24, 2008. In 570 regular-season games for the Maple Leafs and Blues, he has 145 goals and 339 points. Steen has four goals and seven points in 19 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
By the way, No. 4 on the list of highest-paid Manitoba NHL players is New York Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic at $3.85 million.