Still without a contract for next season, Blues winger Chris Stewart has filed for arbitration.
But per True Hockey’s Andy Strickland, it may not get to the hearing stage of the process, as talks have “picked up” between the club and the 25-year-old restricted free agent.
Several different concepts have been discussed with the Blues willing to doing a long-term deal. If both sides actually go to arbitration, St. Louis has the choice of accepting either a one or two year deal. A two-year contract walks the 25-year old right up to unrestricted free agency.
Stewart led St. Louis in scoring last year with 36 points in 48 games. His last contract, a one-year deal, paid him $3 million.
The Blues’ other key RFA is, of course, Alex Pietrangelo. Unlike Stewart, the 23-year-old defenseman does not have arbitration rights, so that deal could take a bit longer.
“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”
In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.
One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.
Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?
Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).
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