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January 12, 2017 | 12:19pm ET
Will the Blues trade Shattenkirk?

Kevin Shattenkirk's future with the St. Louis Blues remains fairly unclear, and the belief is that if a contract extension cannot be reached by the March 1 trade deadline, there remains a solid chance the team tries to trade him.

Shattenkirk, who turns 28 on Jan. 29, is in the final-year of a four-year, $17 million deal and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

His name has been popping up in trade discussions and speculation for over a year, and many within the NHL believe a move could still be possible this season, even with the Blues in the thick of things in the Central Division playoff race.

It's unclear if the two sides have had any recent contract negotiations.

In 41 games with the Blues so far this season, Shattenkirk has registered eight goals and 18 assists for 26 points.

Several teams are keeping close tabs on Shattenkirk's situation in St. Louis. While many would certainly like to add him to their team, the price tag will be high, and teams could wait until he hits the open market as a free agent in the summer to pursue him.


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