It’s time for another round of NHL rumours. There are plenty of rumours to go around as we head towards the March 3 deadline. Some teams are going to either go for a Stanley Cup Playoff spot. However, there are others that will have to reassess their future. The St. Louis Blues are in a no-man’s land where they’re not good enough to contend. However, they’re not bad enough to go after Connor Bedard. This means we could see an Ivan Barbashev trade as well as deals.
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Ivan Barbashev Trade Possible
Rumour: Chris Johnston on TSN’s Insider Trading took a look at the Russian forward being moved at the trade deadline. Johnston said that Barbashev may not be having the best year. The 27-year-old is way off the pace of his career-best 60 points from last season. However, he could be a good option for a contending team.
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Barbashev does have an expiring that only counts for $2.25 million against the salary cap. This means he could be an attractive option for a contending team. Many clubs chasing the Stanley Cup playoffs are against the $82.5 million number and Barbashev could be great at filling out some depth.
What an Ivan Barbashev Trade Means
The former 33rd pick of the 2014 NHL Draft isn’t the only Blues player rumoured to be on the move. Team captain Ryan O’Reilly could be dealt at the deadline and he gets the headlines. However, Barbashev might be a good pickup. Forward Vladimir Tarasenko may also get traded at the deadline for the right price.
He may not score a ton of goals, but he does fill a solid role. Barbashev can play defence and has also been known to drop the gloves when asked. He the middle-six forward may not garner a lot of attention, but could lend a hand in the post-season.