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Vegas Golden Knights acquire Ivan Barbashev from St. Louis Blues for Zach Dean

The Vegas Golden Knights have made their first dip into the 2023 NHL trade deadline, acquiring centre Ivan Barbashev from the St. Louis Blues for prospect Zach Dean.

Barbashev, 27, is a pending unrestricted free agent in the final year of a two-year deal that carries a $2.25 million cap charge. He leaves the Blues with 29 points in 59 games this season and 178 in 410 games total. Oh, and as a former Stanley Cup champion, having helped the team win the sport's ultimate prize back in 2019.

Meanwhile, the Blues managed to pry Dean away from the Golden Knights, a player we rated as the second-best prospect in their 21st-ranked system less than a year ago. My colleague Mitch Brown wrote about Dean in his assessment of the top prospect trade chips in the Golden Knights system and came away with the conclusion that he can compete for a roster spot as early as next season.

For a contending team like the Golden Knights and a Blues team that hopes to rebound quickly from this tumultuous season, this strikes me as a win-win deal. No notes.

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