Former Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich inks 4 year, $23.2 million deal with Blues

By Forever Blueshirts
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Feb 4, 2021; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers right wing Pavel Buchnevich (89) celebrates after scoring an empty net goal against the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

The St. Louis Blues have just signed former Rangers winger, Pavel Buchnevich to a nice contract. The 26 year-old will earn $23.2 million over the next four years. That’s an AAV of $5.8 million.

After seeing this deal, it sheds more light as to why Chris Drury opted to move on from the pending RFA. With both Kaapo Kakko and Vitali Kravtsov on ELC’s and cost control, it made sense to save money.

Free agency opens tomorrow.

Blues sign Pavel Buchnevich

“He’s got good size at 6-foot-3, he’s a left shot, can play the right side,” Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong said Friday after acquiring Buchnevich. “He’s scored in the League recently, he’s 26 years old, a player obviously we control for a year and would like to sign long term. He’s the right age group for us with what we’re trying to accomplish. A very good penalty killer, too.”

The St. Louis Blues acquired Pavel Buchnevich from the New York Rangers on Friday in exchange for fellow forward Sammy Blais and a second-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

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Apr 6, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Pavel Buchnevich #89 of the New York Rangers celebrates his goal against Casey DeSmith #1 of the Pittsburgh Penguins at 10:41 of the third period at Madison Square Garden on April 06, 2021 in New York City. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

The 26-year-old Russian recorded a career-high 48 points (20 goals, 28 assists) in 54 games in 2020-21. He has 195 points (79 goals, 116 assists) in 301 career games since being selected by the Rangers in the third round of the 2013 NHL Draft.

Blais, 25, registered 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in 36 games last season. He has 35 points (17 goals, 18 assists) in 119 career games with the Blues.

Blais, who helped St. Louis win the Stanley Cup in 2018-19, has one season remaining on a two-year, $3 million deal he signed on April 15, 2020. He is in line to be a restricted free agent next summer.

–Field Level Media contributed to this article

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