All quiet on Tarasenko front as Armstrong finishes off roster


Blues players Torey Krug, Brayden Schenn and Vladimir Tarasenko talk on Friday, May 21, 2021, in the final minute of the third period of Game 3 of Round One of the Stanley Cup playoffs against the Colorado Avalanche at Enterprise Center in St. Louis, Mo. Photo by Christian Gooden,

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Jim Thomas

Doug Armstrong isn’t done for the offseason, but he can see the finish line.

“We’re going to turn our attention to our restricted free agents now,” the Blues general manager told the Post-Dispatch on Thursday. “You never say ‘never,’ but as of now I don’t see anything changing for a while.

“We’re looking forward to getting to work with our restricted guys to get them under contract and ready to move ahead.”

Within 48 hours of those comments, Armstrong and his front office had reached contract agreements with two of their five remaining restricted free agents. On Friday, Ivan Barbashev agreed on a two-year, $4.5 million contract. Early Saturday evening, Dakota Joshua agreed to a one-year, two-way contract that pays him $750,000 on the NHL level and $100,000 at the AHL level.

That leaves only Zach Sanford, Jordan Kyrou and Robert Thomas as unsigned restricted free agents. Of the three, only Sanford is eligible for arbitration.

If you assume that Joshua makes the opening-day roster, the Blues currently are $5.58 million under the cap — with Sanford, Kyrou and Thomas left to sign. If you assume…

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