Golden Knights of Las Vegas have received Adelante Ivan Barbashev From the St. Louis Blues. The blues will have a chance zach dean Instead. Barbashev is a pending unrestricted free agent with a $2.25MM hard cap.
The move gets another quality name from the trade group before Friday’s deadline and is the third trade the Blues have made this month following an exit. Vladimir Tarasenko AND Ryan O’Reilly.
This agreement is important Not expected From the San Jose Sharks to the Golden Knights thymus meyerVegas and the New Jersey Devils were the only two teams to make trade history today.
Adding Barbashev is the head coach of the Golden Knights bruce cassidy A talented and versatile option to add to your forward-thinking body. Injuries forced Las Vegas to gamble miguel amadio As a top-six winger of late, he has also forced top scorer chandler stephenson In the middle of the third line in the center role Bill Kessell AND william carrier.
Barbashev can play center and wide, so Cassidy could choose to play him instead of Amadio or move him to a third-row center, allowing Stephenson to return to a role as a top-six winger. Barbashev has excelled in both roles, scoring 26 goals and 60 points last season, often playing as a winger alongside other scoring forwards.
He has had success playing two-way center and can play on both special teams. While Barbashev’s production is down from last season (he has 10 goals and 29 points in 59 games this year), he remains a valuable and versatile two-way player who can help fill needs when he appears in the lineup for Las Vegas.
His multifaceted skills should help Vegas as they try to return to the playoffs, and as they recover, his value to the team will grow.
For St. Louis, signing Dean to an expiring contract was a nice cap on an already successful business season. The 20-year-old forward was drafted 30th overall in 2021 and recently featured as a member of the Canadian world youth team. He finished with 33 penalty minutes in the short game, as he played his trademark high-energy, physical hockey and suffered an illegal blow to the head. Dean has recorded 49 points in 38 games for Catino Olympiques this season.
Vegas continues to trade top prospects for players he hopes could move closer to a Stanley Cup anytime soon. dean joins Peyton Krebb, million glasses, nick suzukiAND eric branstrom As traded first-round picks after team expansion. only brendan brison He remains among the six players they drafted in the first round, and one can expect him to be a part of Meier’s conversations.
TSN’s Darren Dreger He first broke the trade on Twitter.