The Blues addressed one of their pending unrestricted free agents on Friday by signing Adam Cracknell to a one-year, $600,000 extension, as reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The one-way deal is a slight raise over the $550,000 contract he enjoyed during the 2013 campaign. The 27-year-old played in 50 AHL games with the Peoria Rivermen in 2013 and 20 games with the Blues. With the Rivermen, Cracknell scored 17 goals and added 15 assists. With the Blues, Cracknell's game was centered around physical play as he was a member of the brutal fourth line along with Chris Porter and Ryan Reaves.
This is a solid contract. Cracknell proved that he could be a strong grinding presence at the NHL level, especially when teamed with Porter and Reaves. The decision to extend Cracknell was one of the easiest decisions the Blues will have to make this summer.