Pavel Buchnevich standing at center ice at the St. Louis Blues arena
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The St. Louis Blues could be busy this offseason. While there’s always the possibility of general manager Doug Armstrong making some roster tweaks via trades, an important priority could be securing a long-term contract extension for star winger Pavel Buchnevich.

Elliotte Friedman’s recent “32 Thoughts” column indicated the Blues and Buchnevich’s camp are expected to engage in extension talks. This shouldn´t come as a surprise, especially considering he was the subject of trade rumblings leading up to the deadline. Armstrong’s stance made it clear that any team wanting Buchnevich would need to make a substantial offer.

Will the St. Louis Blues re-sign Pavel Buchnevich?

Buchnevich, 29, carries a $5.8 million cap hit and has limited trade protection. Since arriving from the New York Rangers, he’s consistently produced for the Blues, averaging over 25 goals and 60 points per season.

A new deal likely hinges on Buchnevich’s salary demands. He could be looking for an annual average value of around $8 million on a long-term contract. That’s understandable for a player of his caliber, but with Buchnevich turning 30 before the start of any new contract, the Blues must weigh the risks of a potentially declining asset, especially towards the end of a long deal.

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