Blues make sure hulking defenseman Colton Parayko sticking around; gets eight-year deal worth $52M

Big and talented defensemen don’t grow on trees. That’s why the St. Louis Blues extended 6-6, 230 lb Colton Parayko with an eight-year contract worth $52 million.

The $6.5 million annual average value on the contract makes Parayko one of the highest-paid defensemen in the league. His deal now carries through the 2029-30 season, when he’ll be 36 years old.

Blues lock up Parayko

“I can’t wait to wear the Blue Note for another nine years,” Parayko told the team website. “St. Louis has been my home now for six seasons, and this is where I want to be. All the relationships I’ve gained, the teammates I’ve had, and the organization have all had a big impact on me. Winning here in 2019 was special, and I want the chance to stay here and do that again.

The 28-year-old Parayko has 171 points (41 goals, 130 assists) in 418 career regular-season games.

The Blues selected him in the third round of the 2012 NHL Draft.

–Field Level Media