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Rumor: Highly touted Russian considering bolting to the KHL

The 14 goal scorer says he’s “looking at options on both sides of the ocean.”

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According to a report from St. Louis Blues insider Jeremy Rutherford, Blues forward Ivan Barbashev is considering offers from the KHL while he attempts to negotiate a new contract with the team.

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No doubt the 23 year old Barbashev would draw interest from his native Russia. He had an impressive 14 goals and 26 points in 80 games with the Blues last season and a further three goals and six points in 25 playoff games en route to winning a Stanley Cup championship. 

For what it’s worth, the Blues have just under $2 million left in cap space and Barbashev is the team’s only unsigned player.