Blues name Alexander Steen GM in waiting with '26 succession plan

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ST. LOUIS -- Alexander Steen is in line to become the first Swedish NHL general manager after the Blues announced their front office succession plan Thursday.

Steen was named special assistant to general manager Doug Armstrong, with the intent of taking over for him in 2026. The move also came with Armstrong getting a three-year extension as president of hockey operations through 2029.

Armstrong has been with the Blues since 2008 and has served as general manager since 2010, building a team that has made the playoffs 10 of the past 13 years and won the Stanley Cup in 2019.

Steen, who was on that championship-winning team as part of his playing career that lasted from 2005 to 2021, joined the front office as a consultant and development coach last year.

He is set to become just the second European general manager, after Finland's Jarmo Kekalainen with the Columbus Blue Jackets.