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Apr 24, 2022; Anaheim, California, USA; St. Louis Blues defenseman Niko Mikkola (77) shoots on goal against the Anaheim Ducks during the second period at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

After a breakout 2021-22 season that saw him become a key member of the St. Louis Blues' defensive corps, Niko Mikkola has earned himself a nice raise.

The Blues announced on Sunday that they've signed Mikkola to a one-year, $1.9 million deal. The 26-year-old defenseman was a restricted free agent this offseason. He earned a salary of $787,500 over each of the past two seasons.

Mikkola scored three goals with 10 assists and a minus-6 rating while playing in a career-high 54 regular season games in 2021-22. He suited up for all 12 of the Blues' postseason contests and had one assist while posting an even rating.

The 6-foot-4, 185-pound blueliner's impact went beyond the numbers, though, and he earned praise for the physicality he provided. Mikkola made headlines in early January when he mixed it up with Pittsburgh Penguins star and future Hall of Famer Sidney Crosby.

The Blues tendered qualifying offers to six restricted free agents, and they've signed four: Mikkola, defenseman Scott Perunovich, and forwards Hugh McGing and Will Bitten. Forwards Klim Kostin and Nathan Todd, both of whom finished the 2021-22 season in the AHL, remain unsigned.