This St. Louis Blues In the past few seasons, they have been hesitant to renew their players. From Colton Parayko to Brayden Schenn and others, general manager Doug Armstrong has been using his salary space.
As for this offseason, the Blues still have some contracts to be sorted out.They will have to take some measures to clean up the salary space, one of which is the transaction of people like this Marco Skandra. These are the three players they can extend this summer.
It seems obvious that the Blues should of course extend their captain in this offseason. After that, he had one more season, and his salary cap reached 7.5 million U.S. dollars. Ryan O’Reilly He is the leader of the team and is still one of the best two-way forwards in the league.
His offensive data has declined this season because he only scored 19 points in 30 games, which is far lower than his usual data. The depth of the Blues is an important part of it, other teams scored much higher, and O’Reilly did not perform as much as in the past few seasons.This seems to be his insistence COVID-19 list Whether he admits it or not, it hurts his game.
His scoring trend is As the four seasons of blueIn two of the three seasons, he scored more than 20 goals. He has only 12 goals in 71 games in the 2019-20 season, and he has only 5 this season.
Even if his data drops, I expect his renewal will be the same as the upper limit. Something in the range of five seasons and an annual average value (AAV) of $7.25 million may be a reliable way to start a conversation. Either way, the Blues shouldn’t want him to enter the open market, which may eventually lead to the loss of three captains in seven seasons.
David Perron He will become a free agent this offseason, and he has been the main player of the Blues intermittently for many seasons. He spent a total of 11 seasons as the blue team, and went through three different stages in total. This season, He missed the game due to injury, But he scored 20 points in 23 games.
Either way, he is an important player of this team, suitable for almost any team. His ball-handling ability and defensive ability are two underestimated parts of his game. His chemistry with O’Reilly and his relationship with Brandon Saad are excellent. When he played for the Blues for the third time in the past four seasons, he scored 75 goals and 109 assists in 207 games, scoring 184 points.Before the timeout, he was an All-Star player for the 2019-20 season, and Well deserved.
Judging from these statistics, he performed very well and is one of the club’s most efficient forwards. The Blues need to renew his contract and let him stay here for a few more seasons. It would be great if he can end his career here. One way to start these negotiations is to sign a three to four year agreement with an AAV of $5 million or more.
I fully support the Blues’ expansion of breakthrough players like this Ivan Barbashev, And it makes sense to complete it early. His relationship and responsibilities in this team are huge, especially this season, he has scored 27 points in 33 games.
As of now, after the end of this season, his contract has one season left, with an AAV of $2.25 million. Considering his data and two-way influence, AAV is a complete steal, but the Blues need to lock him. In the past few seasons, he and Oskar Sundqvist have been the team’s most important top six forwards, although Barbashev has taken the next step this season.
One thing the Blues can’t do is Separate Barbashev and Pavel Buchnevich, They are the two most stable forwards on the team this season. One of the best things about Barbashev’s game is his versatility. He can play center as well as wing forward. He played a 200-foot game and finally broke out on the offensive end. He and the Blues should sign a new contract for him.
As for what the contract might look like, the AAV is lower and the term might be higher. This type of contract is signed by the Blues with many players. It feels like a 4 to 6 year AAV $4.5 million transaction may be the beginning.We have seen a valuable two-way six center Obtain a long-term contract, The biggest example is Blake Coleman And Barclay Goodrow.
In the final analysis, I don’t want Armstrong to hesitate to lock in more of his players into a long-term contract extension. The priority list should be in the order I introduced, even if two of the three players are one season away in their current trade. St. Louis will usher in an interesting summer as the Blues continue to hover in the salary cap.
I have been engaged in sports reporting for nearly ten years. I started with FanSided as a baseball contributor. I am currently writing articles about the NHL and the St. Louis Blues for The Hockey Writers. I grew up in Illinois and am a big fan of every sport. Finally, I do various podcasts on all major platforms.