Buchnevich traded to Blues by Rangers for Blais


Pavel Buchnevich was traded to the St. Louis Blues by the New York Rangers for forward Sammy Blais on Friday.

New York also received a second-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

Buchnevich, a 26-year-old forward, can become a restricted free agent July 28. He scored an NHL career-high 48 points (20 goals, 28 assists) in 54 games this season.

Selected by New York in the third round (No. 75) of the 2013 NHL Draft, Buchnevich has scored 195 points (79 goals, 116 assists) in 301 regular-season games and has one assist in eight Stanley Cup Playoff games.


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Blais scored 15 points (eight goals, seven assists) in 36 regular-season games this season and one goal in four playoff games. The 25-year-old has one season remaining on a two-year, $3 million contract (average annual value $1.5 million) he signed with St. Louis on April 15, 2020.

Selected by the Blues in the sixth round (No. 176) of the 2014 NHL Draft, Blais has scored 35 points (17 goals, 18 assists) in 119 regular-season games and eight points (three goals, five assists) in 27 playoff games. He won the Stanley Cup with St. Louis in 2019.

The Rangers previously acquired forward Barclay Goodrow and defenseman Nick DeSimone in separate trades Saturday.

Goodrow, who was acquired from the Tampa Bay Lightning for a seventh-round pick in the 2022 draft, agreed to terms on a six-year contract Thursday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

DeSimone was acquired from the Vegas Golden Knights with a fourth-round pick in the 2022 draft for forward Brett Howden.

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