NHL: Blues extend Jordan Kyrou, and Blackhawks lose Jake McCabe

Jordan Kyrou
May 27, 2022; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; St. Louis Blues center Jordan Kyrou (25) reacts after scoring a goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the second period in game six of the second round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The St. Louis Blues and forward Jordan Kyrou announced a new 8-year extension with an average annual value of $8.125 million.

In July, the Blues signed fellow forward Robert Thomas to the exact same contract structure worth $65 million.

Kyrou, 24, was due to earn $3.2 million in 2022-23 in the second season of a two-year deal he signed in August 2021.

“It’s pretty incredible,” Kyrou said of finalizing the new extension. “This is something you work your whole life for and to finally get this (long-term deal) done feels amazing. It’s a very special moment for me and my family.”

Jordan Kyrou, St. Louis Blues

Blues extend Jordan Kyrou

Jordan Kyrou
Jan 9, 2022; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; St. Louis Blues center Jordan Kyrou (25) reacts after scoring the game winning goal against the Dallas Stars during the third period at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Kyrou set career highs across the board last season with 75 points (27 goals, 48 assists) in 74 games.

He has 122 points (46 goals, 76 assists) in 173 NHL games since the Blues drafted him in the second round in 2016.

“I’m so thankful to the Blues organization for putting their trust in me and giving me the opportunity to wear the Blue Note for the forseeable future,” Kyrou told stlouisblues.com. “Being able to call St. Louis my home is amazing. I can’t say enough about how much I love the city. And to the best fans in the League, I can’t thank you enough for always showing me love and support.”

Blackhawks Jake McCabe out 10-12 weeks

Jake McCabe
Apr 29, 2022; Buffalo, New York, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Jake McCabe (6) looks for the puck during the first period against the Buffalo Sabres at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Jake McCabe and forward Jalen Luypen will miss the start of the season following surgeries.

McCabe, 28, will be sidelined 10 to 12 weeks following cervical spine surgery. Luypen, 20, will require 14 to 18 weeks of recovery time from the surgery to treat his left rotator cuff.

The Blackhawks’ season opener is Oct. 12 at defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado.

McCabe had a career-high 22 points (four goals, 18 assists) in 75 games in his first season with Chicago in 2021-22.

He has 99 points (22 goals, 77 assists) in 428 career games with the Buffalo Sabres (2013-21) and Blackhawks.

Luypen was Chicago’s seventh-round draft pick in 2021 and has not made his NHL debut. He registered 64 points (29 goals, 35 assists) in 66 games last season with the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings.

–Field Level Media