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It was announced that the Blues came to an agreement with Carl Gunnarsson. The contract is two years with an AAV of $1.75 million. They also announced a one-year, $850,000 contract for RFA Sammy Blais. That leaves them with $14.65 million in cap space. Here’s what they should do with it.
Their unsigned players include Patrick Maroon (UFA), Jordan Binnington (RFA), Ivan Barbashev (RFA), Joel Edmundson (RFA), Robby Fabbri (RFA), and Oskar Sundqvist (RFA).
If I was Doug Armstrong I would fight for the following contracts:
This is the most important contract the Blues will sign this summer. Jordan Binnington will be the Blues starting goalie next year. The question is, how much dough will he be bringing in? If I had to guess, Doug will give him a 3 year contract with an AAV of $4.5 million or less. The issue is how much money Jake Allen is making. You don’t want to pay $10 million dollars for two goalies, but you’d be crazy not to give Binnington what he deserves after the incredible run he had during his rookie year.
I really like Sunny. He’s a quick forward with a great hockey IQ. I’d predict Armstrong gives him 2 years with an AAV of $2 million.
I could see Eddy reaching a contract with an AAV anywhere from $2.5 to $3.5 million. Whatever it takes, in my opinion. Joel had a great season and will only improve from where he's at.
Barbashev brought big hits on a shift-to-shift basis. His play drastically improved throughout the season. The 23-year-old deserves a 1-2 year contract with an AAV of $1.5 million.
Jeremy Rutherford just wrote a great article about Pat Maroon and how he’ll likely sign elsewhere. He got to spend time with his son this season and became the hometown hero every St. Louis kid dreams of becoming. It just makes more sense for him to go to an organization that will pay him more than the Blues will. It would be a better decision for his kid’s future. Why risk ruining your legacy by playing another year? He will be known as a St. Louis hero forever.
Jordan Kyrou might make the team this upcoming season, which makes the resigning of Robby Fabbri less likely.
Where do you agree/disagree?