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November 30, 2013 | 5:20pm ET
Steen won't talk contract during season

Blues forward Alexander Steen is having a remarkable season so far with St. Louis and has already hit the 20-goal mark for the third time in his career.

Steen, 29, is also in the last year of his current contract and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

Born in Winnipeg, though he lived a good portion of his life in Sweden, Steen is on pace for an outstanding offensive season, having already registered 20 goals and 11 assists for 31 points in 25 games.

Steen's four-year, $13.45 million contract expires June 30. He's earning just over $3.566 million this season and could see his salary climb significantly on the open market.

The Blues would like to get him locked up long-term, but they'll have to wait until the season ends before they start discussing a contract extension.

"Alex prefers not to discuss a contract extension during the season and the team has respected that," Steen's agent, Jeff Kowall, told TFP Editor-in-Chief David Pagnotta.

Depending on how he finishes the season, Steen will likely see his next salary hit at least $5 million.

David Backes is currently the Blues' highest paid forward, making $4.5 million, while defenseman Jay Bouwmeester is the team's highest paid player, earning $6.68 million this season, though his salary dips to $5.4 million from 2014-15 to 2018-19. Starting next season, Alex Pietrangelo's $6.5 million salary will be the highest on the team.

Steen scored a career-high 24 goals with the Blues during the 2009-10 season and picked up a career-high 31 assists and 51 points in 2010-11.

He was originally drafted 24th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. The Leafs traded him and defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo to the Blues on Nov. 24, 2008 in exchange for forward Lee Stempniak.

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