Barbashev was given a qualifying offer from the Blues on Tuesday, Jim Thomas of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The contract, should Barbashev accept, will be worth $832,500 of base salary as a one-way contract for next season. The Russian enjoyed his highest point output of his career last season, notching 14 goals and 26 points in 80 games. The 23-year-old is likely to see a bottom-six role again next season, barring some unexpected changes to the forward group.
Barbashev (suspension) served his one-game ban and is available for Wednesday's Game 7 matchup with Boston.
Barbashev figures to slot back into a bottom-six role and will likely relegate Samuel Blais to a spot in the press box. In 24 postseason appearances, the 22-year-old Barbashev has notched three goals, three assists and 24 shots while averaging 12:15 of ice time.
Barbashev has been suspended for Sunday's Game 6 clash with the Bruins due to an illegal check he delivered to the head of Boston's Marcus Johansson during Game 5 on Thursday.
The fact that Johansson wasn't injured in the collision doesn't seem to have factored into the department's decision to not let Barbashev play Sunday. With the winger off the ice, Robby Fabbri figures to slot into the lineup for Game 6.
Barbashev will have a hearing with the Department of Player Safety for an illegal check to the head on Marcus Johansson.
The fact that Johansson doesn't appear to have suffered an injury on the play could help Barbashev avoid a suspension, though the hit also went uncalled in the game. If the winger does get suspended for Game 6 versus Boston on Sunday, it will likely open the door for Robby Fabbri to return to the lineup.
Barbashev scored his third goal of the playoffs in Saturday's 7-2 loss to the Bruins in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
The center added three shots on goal, three hits and two PIM in the contest. Barbashev has six points in 22 postseason games, along with 65 hits.
Barbashev scored an empty-net goal and added three hits in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Sharks in Game 6.
Barbashev had two goals and a helper over the final four games of the series, adding 10 hits and eight shots in that span. The Blues have emerged as a team comfortable with all four of their forward lines, and Barbashev's recent contributions are a big part of that. He has skated at least 12:30 in each of the last five games as well, making him a viable depth option in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Barbashev won't face supplementary discipline from the league for his hit on Tomas Hertl in Game 5 on Sunday, Greg Wyshynski of ESPN.com reports.
As Greg Wyshynski stated, the league was unable to determine conclusively that the head was the main point of contact, which means Barbashev will be available for Tuesday's Game 6 clash. Through the first five contests of the series, the winger notched one goal, one assist and eight shots while averaging 13:09 of ice time. While he is unlikely to put up significant production due to his bottom-six role, the Russian might be a solid depth option for fantasy owners heading into Tuesday's tilt.
Barbashev scored a goal and added two PIM in Friday's 2-1 win over the Sharks in Game 4.
Barbashev pounced on a misplayed puck from Sharks defenseman Brent Burns just 35 seconds into the game, quickly slotting home the loose puck. The 23-year-old winger now has points in consecutive contests, and has added 10 hits and five shots on goal in four games in the series.
Barbashev collected an assist and three hits in Wednesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Sharks in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals.
Barbashev has managed three helpers in 16 games, adding 46 hits and 10 shots on goal. He entered Wednesday's contest averaging only 10:47 per game, with his fourth-line usage making his contributions to the offense few and far between.
Barbashev produced an assist and two hits in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Stars in Game 1.
He did not register a point in six games versus the Jets in the first round. Barbashev does have 22 hits in the playoffs so far, but 10 of those came in Game 3 against the Jets. The Russian center is limited by his fourth-line deployment, even though he had a career-high 26 points in 80 regular-season contests.
Barbashev scored a goal and added an assist in Thursday's win over the Flyers.
Barbashev opened the scoring early in the first period by batting a rebound out of the air and into the net. He later notched a primary assist on Alexander Steen's insurance score in the third frame to mark his fourth multi-point game of the season. Barbashev now has 26 points through 79 games, doubling last year's 13-point mark.
Barbashev delivered a hat trick in a 5-2 win over Detroit on Thursday.
It was his first NHL hat trick and it came in front of his parents and brother, who are visiting from Russia. Barbashev has been struggling to put up points -- the goals snapped a six-game slump and he only has four points in 19 games dating back to Feb. 12. Nice night for the young man, but Barbashev isn't a fantasy play right now.
Barbashev scored a goal in Thursday's win over the Kings.
Barbashev was pointless in 11 straight games since his three-point performance against the Devils on Feb. 12. He broke the trend with a snipe off a pass from Samuel Blais to provide the Blues insurance in the third frame. Barbashev continues to dwell on the fourth line so his offensive contributions are few and far between, but he has a 20.9 shooting percentage this season, which actually appears sustainable for his limited role since he has a 19.4 percentage in his career.
Barbashev scored two goals -- one shorthanded -- and added an assist in Tuesday's 8-3 win over the Devils.
The Blues' fourth line accounted for two goals in the blowout win, and Barbashev had a hand in both while tacking on a his second goal of the game on the penalty kill. Barbashev now has a career-high eight goals and 18 points through 53 games. Although this is an impressive performance, his production is too inconsistent for use in season-long fantasy leagues.
Barbashev dished out two assists in Monday's loss to the Kings.
Barbashev recorded a secondary assist on Mackenzie MacEachern's first NHL goal, and set up Oskar Sundqvist in the slot to give the Blues a two-goal lead late in the first period. That joy was short-lived, however, as Barbashev turned the puck over in the defensive zone less than 15 seconds later and the Kings cut the Blues lead in half. Barbashev has matched his career-high 13 points through 46 games -- it took him 53 last season.
Barbashev tallied an assist during Thursday's 5-2 victory over the Capitals.
Barbashev has posted five goals and 10 points in 35 games, which should be enough production to warrant consistent playing time on the Blues' fourth line. However, the 23-year-old has certainly benefited from injuries further up the depth chart, so his place on a healthy Blues roster remains to be seen. As a result, his fantasy value is better reserved for dynasty formats at the moment.
Barbashev scored a goal in Friday's overtime win versus the Avalanche.
The Blues fell behind after the Avalanche rung up two quick scores in the first period. With less than a minute remaining in the frame, Jaden Schwartz flipped a puck over Colorado's defensemen, where Jay Bouwmeester scooped it up and made a spinning pass to Barbashev, who was waiting at the back door and knocked it in. Barbashev, who turned 23 on Friday, has come up clutch in these situations, as he now has 17 career goals, with 11 of those coming with the Blues either behind by one goal or with the game tied.
Barbashev scored a goal and dished out a hit in Wednesday's loss to the Oilers.
Just six minutes into the first period, Barbashev collected a pass from Oskar Sundqvist and tucked it short-side past Cam Talbot to open the scoring. Barbashev has been a useful fourth-line center this year with seven points and 32 hits in 24 games, and he's been excellent at the faceoff dot lately, winning 16 of 21 draws (76.2 percent) over the last two games.
Barbashev dished out one hit in 11:52 of ice time during Friday's 4-0 win over the Sharks.
Barbashev hasn't notched a point in five games and has just three through 12 outings. His most recent highlight was dropping the gloves against Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook, but he's been a healthy scratch twice since then. The 22-year-old could be in danger of returning to the press box once Brayden Schenn (upper body) returns to the lineup.
Barbashev has one goal and a plus-1 rating through five preseason games.
Last season, Barbashev started with the big club but recorded six straight pointless games and was subsequently returned to AHL San Antonio. The 22-year-old has tons of potential and was looking to showcase that in training camp and preseason, but he's getting outplayed by prospects Sammy Blais, Jordan Kyrou and Robert Thomas. However, Barbashev may be kept with the big club since the Blues would need to waive him to assign him back to the minors, something they likely don't want to risk with their 2014 second-round pick that they've spent three years developing.
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