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Coming into the last year of St. Louis' contract, Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times reports that Yzerman is making a contract extention for diminuitive forward "a priority".

"I actually had a chance to speak to his agent, and we'll start the discussion and go from there," Yzerman said. "(St. Louis is) a first-class guy, and he deserves to be treated with the utmost respect, and I'll do that. Where it ends up, we'll see, but it definitely is a priority for me."

He is in the last year of his contract that pay $4 million with a cap hit of $5.25 million. As I've said previously, the biggest thing that Yzerman will have to think about in giving him a contract extension will be that St. Louis will be over 35 when he signs even if he doesn't play out the end of the contract the cap hit will still count.