Blues come to terms with Pavel Buchnevich on a 4-year deal worth $23.2M

St. Louis Blues forward Pavel Buchnevich agreed to terms a four-year, $23.2 million contract Tuesday.

Buchnevich was in line to become a restricted free agent on Wednesday. He was acquired by the Blues last Friday from the New York Rangers in exchange for forward Sammy Blais and a second-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

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 after the team acquired 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.”

Buchnveich 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.

According to the Blues, Buchnevich will be the first player in their history to wear the jersey number 89.

–Field Level Media