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Blues sign forward Chris Stewart for next season

06/14/2012 06:31 EDT | Updated 08/14/2012 05:12 EDT

The St. Louis Blues have signed restricted free agent Chris Stewart to a one-year contract, the club announced on Thursday.

After scoring 28 goals in each of the two previous seasons, Stewart had an inconsistent 2011-12 campaign. He finished with 15 goals and 15 assists in 79 regular season games, with 109 penalty minutes.

The Toronto native scored twice in seven playoff games, a healthy scratch in two other contests.

The 24-year-old came to St. Louis in 2010-11 in the multi-player deal with Colorado that saw Erik Johnson, Jay McClement and a first round pick head to the Avalanche. Kevin Shattenkirk came with Stewart to the Blues, who also received a second round pick.

Selected 18th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft after starring with the Kingston Frontenacs, Stewart has scored 82 goals and 84 assists in 271 NHL games.

The Blues did not release financial details. Stewart earned $3.25 million US this season.

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