The St. Louis Blues have reached an agreement with Ivan Barbashev on a new two-year contract, according to his agent Dan Milstein of Gold Star Hockey. Barbashev was a restricted free agent and eligible for salary arbitration this summer. Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports that the contract will carry an average annual value of $2.25M. PuckPedia reports that Barbashev will earn $1.9M in 2021-22 and $2.5M in 2022-23.
Even with the recent additions of Brandon Saad and Pavel Buchnevich, there appears to be more playing time available in St. Louis this year for some of its young forwards. The team has bid farewell to Jaden Schwartz, Mike Hoffman and Sammy Blais, with trade rumors still swirling around Vladimir Tarasenko and Tyler Bozak still out there as an unrestricted free agent. Although it seems unlikely that Barbashev, a part-time center, would move into the top six, he still should probably receive a bit more playing time than the 13 minutes he’s averaged to this point.