The St. Louis Blues signed restricted free agent forward Klim Kostin to a one-year contract extension Wednesday, a deal that will pay him NHL money whether he's with the Blues or their AHL affiliate in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Kostin signed a one-year, one-way contract, which pays the same amount whether the player is in the NHL or AHL. A player makes less when he's in the minors on a two-way deal.
Kostin, 23, split his time between the two leagues last season. The 2017 first-round draft pick played 40 games with the Blues, scoring nine points (four goals, five assists). He played 17 regular-season games with the Springfield Thunderbirds, tallying six points (three goals, three assists). The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Russian added eight points (four goals, four assists) in 18 AHL playoff games.