Breaking: Blues & Pavel Buchnevich Agree to Extension

Despite finding himself in some trade rumors back at the deadline due to having just one year left on his contract, Pavel Buchnevich soldiered on for another strong season with the St. Louis Blues, finishing with 27 goals. He's now earned himself a hefty new six-year extension worth $48 million.

It's an $8 million AAV for Buchnevich, a well-deserved raise from the $5.8 million AAV he wraps us this coming season. The new deal will take him through his age-35 season, to the 2030-31 campaign. It includes a full no-move clause for the first four years, and a modified no-trade in the last two seasons (20 teams, then down to 15 teams). He also gets his modified NTC clause this coming season upped to a full no-move.

The 29-year-old has been one of the most under-the-radar point-per-game players in the NHL during his three seasons in St. Louis, with 206 points in 216 games. He also just posted his fifth 20-goal campaign in the last six years and has a +46 rating over his time with the Blues.

He was originally a third-round pick by the New York Rangers in the 2013 NHL Draft, and has totaled 401 points in 517 career regular-season games. The Blues acquired him in a trade from the Rangers in the summer of 2021. 

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