Forward Nathan Walker and the St. Louis Blues have reportedly reached an agreement on a new multi-year contract. CapFriendly reports that Walker, an impending unrestricted free agent, will sign a two-year, two-way contract to remain with the Blues. The deal will carry the minimum $750K NHL salary with a $300K AHL salary in 2021-22 and a $310K AHL salary in 2022-23, but with $350K total guaranteed in each season.

Walker, 27, could have tested the open market, but has already had a taste of free agency in 2019 as a Group 6 UFA. He agreed to a two-year deal with St. Louis then and this time around has decided to do the same without waiting until the market opened. Walker’s new contract closely resembles his previous two contracts with the Washington Capitals and Blues in terms of structure – a two-year pact with the minimum NHL salary and a guaranteed total higher than his AHL salary – but he has earned a significant raise. Not only is the NHL minimum salary now $100K higher than it was four years ago and $50K higher than two years ago, but his guaranteed money has increased from $150K to $175K to $300K and now $350K over his career.