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Blues: We’ll match any offer sheet to Pietrangelo, Shattenkirk, Stewart or Berglund

Jun 10, 2013, 12:14 PM EDT

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This summer promises to be a busy one for Blues GM Doug Armstrong, as he’ll negotiate with four key restricted free agents — defensemen Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk, and forwards Patrik Berglund and Chris Stewart.

And, Armstrong wants to make one thing clear — he won’t let any of them leave via an offer sheet.

“Offer sheets aren’t a concern,” Armstrong told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “It’s part of the business and you know that they’re there.

“Nothing in an offer sheet is going to be that much crazier than we’re willing to spend anyway.”

St. Louis has approximately $41 million locked into 16 players for next season. So, the Blues have money — nearly $23 million — to spend on the quartet of RFAs.

Assuming they spend to the cap.

Of the four, it’s been rumored that Pietrangelo and Shattenkirk would be the two most likely to receive offer sheets. Young, high-end defensemen are in great demand and a team looking to make a splash could up the ante for either guy.

Pietrangelo, 23, had 24 points in 47 games this year and finished fourth in Norris Trophy voting a year ago.

Shattenkirk, 24, had 23 points in 48 games this year and finished 18th in Norris Trophy voting a year ago.

It’s worth noting the Blues have over $12 million locked into defensemen Jay Bouwmeester, Barret Jackman and Roman Polak for next season, though Bouwmeester accounts for the majority of that ($6.6 million) and is off the books at the end of 2013-14.

Regardless, Armstrong doesn’t seen any of that affecting how he’ll approach his restricted free agents.

“We’re going to want it the way we think is proper for the St. Louis Blues,” he explained. “If there’s an offer sheet there, we’re very content with where we are with the NHL salary cap, we’re going to be able to match any offer and we will.

“These are core players that we’re not going to let go.”

  1. billyhauntswizards - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    “challenge accepted”
    -Paul Holmgren

  2. bcsteele - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    This is music to my ears as a Blues fan. If we can find the back of the net next year we’re going to be a force. The good news here is that MANY teams aren’t really in a position to do something totally crazy anyhow with the cap going down so I think Doug is spot on thinking that any offer would still be within range of his abilities to match.

    I do have nightmares about Paul Holmgren though…

  3. spetznaz777 - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    shatt and pietrangelo can’t leave. berglund and stewart, ehh they have’nt shown me much.

    • jpelle82 - Jun 10, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      chris stewart is a damn good hockey player, he would be welcomed in any city. he was on pace for 30 goals on a regular schedule season – wouldve been a career high. on a team that needs goals he’s an asset.

  4. rbearpet - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Sir you should , because Paul Holmgren is very aggressive and i believe he is going. to challenge your GM.

  5. liquidv0 - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    don’t think he should be worried about Holmgren…cap room is a problem for the flyers + too many fixes are needed

  6. 19to77 - Jun 10, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Translation: “We don’t have enough money to resign these guys if we get into bidding wars. Don’t call our bluff, because we can’t afford it.”

  7. jacketsfan7 - Jun 10, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    If anything , the flyers need a goalie , Mason has been good since going to Philly , but they need a true starter , Bryz will never be that

  8. iowa02 - Jun 10, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Berglund. Really? *facepalm* *head slams to desk*

    It’s like to organization just does not get it. As a Blues fan I say this, he is dead weight. Cut him loose.

  9. killerpgh - Jun 10, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    The Blues have been a cheaper spending team for years. The past 5 years they have been in the bottom 1/3 of the NHL in terms of spending. Last year they were 29th out of 30 in money spent on payroll. I find it hard to believe that they will make the jump from one of the lowest spending teams to a team spending near the cap max in one season. Maybe they will, but I will have to see it to believe it.

  10. zwilhelm16 - Jun 10, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    Berglund is not dead weight. He’s inconsistent and disappears at times. But the Blues are a better team with Berglund than without.

  11. stevedurbano - Jun 10, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Big talk. As a Blues fan from the beginning I’ve heard this before and I’ve got to see it before I believe it. If someone swoops in with a $50 or 60 mil deal for Pietrangelo I am pretty sure he’s gone. And they’ll probably say it’ll be OK because we’ve got Bouwmeester now. But even if he is sincere just maintaining the status quo isn’t good enough. We need an impact player on offense- the Blues have done a pretty good job of drafting and developing defensemen but not shooters. Trade or free agency is the only way to make this team better.

    • 22bju - Jun 10, 2013 at 10:57 PM

      This dude is spot on…
      At least one goal scorer (I think 2).

      Trade anyone offensive player, except backes. We must upgrade because blues are simply not good enough as is.

  12. tcclark - Jun 11, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Guaranteed Holmgren signs Pietrangelo and Shattenkirk to monster sized offer sheets. The blues won’t be able to afford both and can’t let both leave which will be alright for Philly because they can’t afford both. Shattenkirk will be a Flyer next year.

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