As the St. Louis Blues continue to hold trade talks with other teams regarding defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, it appears they already came close to moving him.
According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, the Blues gave permission to an Eastern Conference team to negotiate a contract extension with Shattenkirk.
After the two sides were unable to come to terms on a new contract, the deal fell through.
It's unknown which Eastern Conference team tried to get an inside track on a Shattenkirk trade, but the New York Rangers, Boston Bruins, New Jersey Devils and Toronto Maple Leafs are among the teams in the East reportedly interested in the 28-year-old.
Shattenkirk is in the final-year of a four-year, $17 million deal and is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
TSN's Darren Dreger reported this week that Shattenkirk is looking for upwards of $7 million, per season, on a long-term contract, a figure that has kept teams from wanting to sign him prior to acquiring him.
In 52 games with the Blues so far this season, Shattenkirk has registered 11 goals and 24 assists for 35 points.