Blues give GM Armstrong 5-year extension

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The St. Louis Blues signed executive vice president/general manager Doug Armstrong to a five-year contract extension on Wednesday.

Armstrong was named the NHL's GM of the Year last season after guiding the Blues to their first Central Division title since 2000. St. Louis was the second seed in the Western Conference, but lost in the second round of the playoffs.

"We are thrilled to have Doug in St. Louis through the 2017-18 season and beyond," said Blues owner Tom Stillman. "He has been instrumental in returning the Blues to the top of the Central Division and was very deserving of the GM of the Year award. His vision in the draft process, and his prowess in the trade and free agent markets have positioned our organization to succeed well into the future."

Armstrong was named GM in July 2010 after serving two seasons as vice president of player personnel. Overall, Armstrong has compiled an 87-60-22 record in two seasons as general manager.

"My family and I are excited to remain with the Blues and in the St. Louis community," said Armstrong. "It's energizing to be in a city with such a welcoming and passionate fan base, and we are truly enjoying our experience here. On the ice, Ken Hitchcock and our coaching staff believe we have constructed the foundation necessary to compete year in and year out and deliver St. Louis its first Stanley Cup."