April 19, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; St. Louis Blues center T.J. Oshie (74) looks beautiful before game four of the 2012 Western Conference quarterfinals against the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

TJ Oshie Contract Update

TJ Oshie posted career highs in goals (19), assists (35), +/- (15), penalty minutes (50),….. well, you get the point. TJ Oshie, a restricted free agent, had the best year of his short career in 2011-2012, was one of the Blues’ most beloved players, and at only 25 years old with great upside, it makes sense that Blues GM Doug Armstrong would want to lock up the young winger. However, it seems that Oshie’s stock has risen so much over the past season that the sides cannot agree on terms.

In wake of the failing negotiations, Oshie filed for abritration, a hearing that will take place on Friday, July 20th. If the two sides do not agree on a long-term deal (which according to ESPN.com could be for six years or longer) before Friday, then the arbitration hearing will set a common ground for what Oshie is worth, helping to facilitate a one-year deal for the forward. Hopefully, the Blues can ink him before the hearing and prevent him from testing the free agent market after this season. That would give the Blues two young forwards (TJ Oshie and David Perron) in which to build around for at least the next four seasons.

Check out Roto World for more statistics and contract updates on TJ Oshie.

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