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Armstrong talks Blues’ free-agency plans

Jul 3, 2013, 2:28 PM EDT

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Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said today (audio) that he doesn’t expect to have contracts in place for defenseman Alex Pietrangelo and wingers Chris Stewart before free agency opens on Friday.

Both players are restricted free agents.

So…what’s the plan?

According to True Hockey’s Andy Strickland, it’s “sounding more and more like” the Blues will take Stewart, 25, to arbitration.

Pietrangelo, 23, doesn’t have arbitration rights, but Armstrong didn’t sound worried about getting a deal done eventually. (Armstrong has already indicated he’d match any offer sheets for his key RFAs.)

In the meantime, Armstrong has been talking to some free-agent centers to see if there’s a fit. He also expects all three goaliesJaroslav Halak, Brian Elliott and Jake Allen — will be at camp.

In terms of attracting free agents, Armstrong believes the Blues have become a more appealing option for free agents that, in addition to money, want a chance to win, play with good players and live in a nice place.

Related: Blues re-sign Leopold: two years, $4.5 million

  1. 22bju - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Heard something about Nathan Horton wanting a quieter, non-traditional hockey market. How much you want to bet he’s the best fit right now?

  2. zwilhelm16 - Jul 3, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    I would take Horton for sure. But where we really need help at is at center.

    • 22bju - Jul 3, 2013 at 11:52 PM

      Good call, thought he was a center, my mistake. But could always move steen to center and put Horton on the wing.

      Either way I have full confidence Armstrong will make blues better, it’s just tough to be patient when everyone else is adding

  3. beaver15 - Jul 3, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Horton IMO is to much of a liability. His concussion history would have me hesitant to spend pesos on him

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