The Blues have announced that they have signed former Ranger Pavel Buchnevich to a 4-year deal worth $23.2 million.
His cap hit is $5.8 million.
The Rangers traded Buchnevich last Friday to St. Louis for a second-round pick and Sammy Blais.
Chris Drury said, of trading Buchnevich, “There is only so much cap space to go around, only so much ice time to go around, I feel very good about our depth at winger with some recent early draft picks we’ve had and some other veterans that we’ve signed and that was basically it. I think it just gives us some flexibility moving forward a little bit, for the rest of this offseason. There is only so much to go around, whether it’s this year or next year and certainly ice time is a factor and that is part of what went into it.”
Adam Rotter: It’s a nice deal for Buchnevich and one that he definitely deserves, but also one that the Rangers couldn’t afford to give.