Blues sign Kyle Brodziak

The St. Louis Blues made a surprise move on Thursday night, agreeing to a one-year deal with free agent center Kyle Brodziak.

Brodziak, 31, is a player the Blues have gotten to know well over the last few years with the Minnesota Wild.

A veteran of 10 NHL seasons, Brodziak spent his first four years with the Edmonton Oilers before being traded to Minnesota. Brodziak spent the past six seasons with the Wild, the team that eliminated the Blues in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs last season.

The 6-foot-2, 209-pounder won’t provide much scoring punch, but figures to bring plenty of experience as an anchor for the Blues’ fourth line. Brodziak has 228 points (98 goals, 130 assists) and 332 penalty minutes in 621 career regular season games and posted 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) and 47 penalty minutes in 73 games last season.

The Blues went into the 2014-15 season with Maxim Lapierre centering the fourth line, along with forwards Steve Ott and Ryan Reaves, but then traded Lapierre to the Pittsburgh Penguins for Marcel Goc. Goc is an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

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