Ryan Reaves Signs a One-Year Deal
Ryan Reaves has signed a new one-year contract to remain with the St. Louis Blues, as reported by the team’s official site. Fresh off the news that Cam Janssen has signed with New Jersey, it was only a matter of time before the Blues came to terms with their new full-time enforcer. The deal is of the two-way variety, which means Reaves can switch between Peoria and St. Louis if the club needs him. The Blues have now made decisions on all of their restricted free agents.
Reaves is best known for his crushing hits and fighting, but the 24-year-old forward proved in 2010-11 that he is capable of handling the puck and converting on offensive chances when given the opportunity. Last season in 28 games at the NHL level, Reaves scored two goals and two assists to go along with his 78 penalty minutes. These may not seem like impressive totals, but the fact remains that Reaves should provide a boost in offense from the enforcer position.
Reaves brings a 6’1″, 225 lb. frame to the mix and is more than capable of handling himself in whatever type of scrap he finds himself in. During the 2010-11 season, you could find Reaves taking a few notes on fighting from the now former-Blues, Cam Janssen.
With only 28 games at the NHL level under his belt, Reaves still has plenty to learn. It will be interesting to see how the Blues plan to use him given all of their recent acquisitions. Reaves will have to fight for a regular role in the lineup. We should have a better idea of how the club will use him once training camp roles around.