NHL GM Doug Armstrong says the St. Louis Blues are exploring a potential contract extension for defenseman Marc Hershey, who is under contract through the 2019-20 season.
Armstrong says that he wants to be in a position to have an extension in place for the 29-year-old defenseman as soon as possible.
The Blues have until Feb. 20 to finalize a contract extension.
“Marc has a great opportunity to be a top-four defenseman in the league for a long time,” Armstrong told reporters at the NHL’s annual All-Star Game in Buffalo.
“If he’s healthy, he can be a very productive player for us for a very long time.”
Hershey, 27, is a solid puck-moving defenseman with two goals and 18 points in 69 games this season.
He played in all 82 games for the Blues last season and had 10 goals and 22 points in 58 games in 2017-18.
The Blues have $6.2 million in cap space at the deadline and could look to add a defenseman to add some depth in the middle.
The team is also looking at acquiring a forward in free agency, as well as adding depth on defense.
The NHL salary cap is expected to rise to $71 million by the end of the season, which would make it difficult for the team to compete with the $75 million salary cap for the first time in the expansion era.