The St. Louis Blues Stanley Cup roster is pretty much still together and ready to defend the Cup.
All except one 23 year old forward who doesn't seem to be a happy camper.
According to his agent, Dan Milstein, restricted free agent Ivan Barbashev is "looking at options on both sides of the ocean" and is willing to sign an offer sheet or play overseas next year.
The forward registered 14 goals and 12 assists while averaging 11 minutes of ice time per game last year. He pretty much put up the same numbers during the playoffs with three goals and three assists in 25 games while averaging 12minutes of ice time, not bad for a 23 year old who mostly played on the fourth line.
The Blues aren't in the best position to keep him around considering they have just $1.9million in cap space available and have already locked up 47 of 50 available contract slots.
The 2014 second round pick has a total of 51 points in 163 games so far in his young NHL career.
Dan Milstein, the agent for Blues restricted-free agent Ivan Barbashev, tells @TheAthleticSTL this morning that his client is “looking at options on both sides of the ocean.” Milstein insists this is not a negotiating ploy and the Blues know where they stand. #stlblues
— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) August 15, 2019