Jul 10, 2013, 12:09 PM EDT
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.
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