Arbitration generally finds a happy medium.
Following an arbitration meeting on Aug. 4, Blues restricted free agent defenseman Joel Edmundson was awarded a one-year contract worth $3.1 million on Tuesday. According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Blues were looking for closer to $2.3 million, while Edmundson wanted $4.2 million.
“We are glad to have Joel under contract for next season,” noted Blues general manager Doug Armstrong in the team’s news release. “He is an important part of our defensive unit and we are looking forward to another successful year.”
A member of the 2019 Stanley Cup champion Blues, the contract is slightly more than the one-year, $3 million deal he signed just over a year ago. With the new deal, he will be an unrestricted free agent next season.
Edmundson, 26, saw his production slip slightly in 2018-19. He skated in 64 regular season games, netting two goals and 11 points before posting seven points (one goal, six assists) in 22 postseason games. The Brandon, Manitoba, native was drafted in 2011 and has 52 points (13 goals, 39 assists) in 269 regular-season games.
With the signing, the team’s cap space now sits at $2.7 million, per The Athletic’s Jeremy Rutherford. Still on their to-do list is the signing of restricted free agent Ivan Barbashev. The forward is coming off a career year that saw him score 14 goals and 28 points in 80 games, along with six points in 25 playoff games.
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