Chris Porter has signed a new two-year, one-way deal with the St. Louis Blues, as reported by the team's official site. Porter's current contract, a one-year deal worth $650,000, was set to make the forward an unrestricted free agent at the end of the current season.
Porter's new contract is worth a reported $650,000 in 2013-14 and $700,000 in 2014-15.
Honestly, there's not that much to analyze here. Porter is a nice depth player that has done a solid job filling in when various forwards on the St. Louis roster have missed time with injury. He has skated in 15 games in 2013, scoring one goal and one assist.
Porter's value lies in his speed and work ethic, skills that become pretty valuable when deployed on the third or fourth line. He may not generate much offense, but he's talented at helping trap the opponent within their own zone, setting up chances for the next line that comes out as the opposing line has been out on the ice for an extended shift.
What's important to note with Porter's new deal is that it's a one-way contract, meaning the Blues plan to keep him up at the NHL level beyond the current season. Should they desire to send Porter down, the team would have to run the risk of sending him through waivers.
Scratch one upcoming unrestricted free agent off the list.
If you're keeping track at home, here's a list of all the players that have contracts expiring at the end of the 2013 season.