Two days after the Blues’ Chris Stewart exchanged wedding vows with his new wife Holley in July the right winger was scheduled to be attendance at his contract arbitration hearing in Toronto.
“I would have been there but I might have been wearing my tuxedo with a couple of stains on the white dress shirt” Stewart joked.

Thus for multiple reasons his honeymoon most notably the restricted free agent said that he was thankful to avoid arbitration at the last moment signing a two-year $8.3 million contract extension.

The Blues now want Stewart to trade in his tux and get his Blues’ jersey dirty on a regular basis. While he led the lineup with 18 goals and 36 points last season there were too many peaks and valleys and that’s why it took until the sides were on the doorstep of their hearing before they could reach an agreement.

In a nine-game stretch in the middle of the regular season Stewart netted eight of his 18 goals and 15 of his 36 points. Then he contributed just three points in a 15-game span and had only one point in six playoff games against Los Angeles.

Stewart will make $4.15 million in each of the next two seasons taking him into unrestricted free agency after the 2014-15 season but with any more consistency he could have been a $5 million per-year player and perhaps earned a lengthier extension.

“I think they want to see me for a few more years so that I show I can bring it on a consistent basis and I agree with that” Stewart said. “I think that I’ve done pretty well in this league but I obviously think there’s room for growth. When it came down to it we lost in the playoffs and I know that I didn’t play my best hockey.