Winning a Stanley Cup truly has its rewards. St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong signed a five-year extension with the team on Saturday.
The deal keeps the 57-year-old Armstrong under contract with the club through the 2026-27 season.
Armstrong, who built the team that won the franchise’s first Stanley Cup in 2019, is entering his 12th season as GM of the Blues.
“It starts and stops with the players,” he said after signing. “We’ve been fortunate to have a lot of great players here that take a lot of pride in wearing the Blue Note. We’ve had great coaches, a great support staff. It’s an organization that quietly goes about their business year in and year out… We need to continue to do that moving forward.”
Blues extend GM Doug Armstrong
One theme from out of St. Louis that was made clear was the need for continuity in the NHL.
“I think it’s important to have continuity,” Armstrong said during a press conference. “In an industry where change is inevitable you have to make the decision, but they’re all based on trying to do it in a professional way that the players accept and understand that. I think continuity is at the foundation of that.”
Maintaining continuity also sounded good to Blues chairman Tom Stillman, who called Armstrong “the best in the business.”
“I could not be more pleased,” Stillman said during the press conference. “Doug is one of one of the top GMs in the league. In my view, the top GM.”
The Blues have made the playoffs in nine of Armstrong’s 11 seasons. The foray was short last season as St. Louis was eliminated by the Colorado Avalanche in the first round.
Armstrong won the league’s General Manager of the Year Award after the Blues went 49-22-11 in 2011-12 and advanced to the second round of the postseason before falling to the Los Angeles Kings.
Armstrong also served as general manager of the Dallas Stars from 2002-07.
–Field Level Media