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Blues GM aims to sign Pietrangelo by training camp

Aug 6, 2013, 11:32 PM EDT

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St. Louis Blues fans might be feeling a little anxious about the team’s contract negotiations with star defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, especially after Sunday’s non-update. GM Doug Armstrong understands the restlessness, but he explained why the team isn’t rolling out a specific deadline to the Bellevue News-Democrat on Tuesday.

“I don’t make any deadlines because once you pass the deadline you’re going to go back on your word or you’ve painted yourself in a corner,” Armstrong said. “Our goal is to get Alex signed prior to training camp –and I hope that’s his goal, too.”

Pietrangelo draws comparisons to Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, whose negotiations went so long that he seemed a bit unprepared for the 2011-12 season. If that parallel holds, he’ll be a big part of the team’s future once this washes over. (The Blues likely hope to avoid Doughty’s $7 million cap hit, however.)

While fans might be getting impatient, Armstrong notes how significant this contract could be and prefers the steady approach.

“It’s an important contract for the organization, but it’s nothing out of the norm of what I’ve done n the past,” Armstrong said. “There’s a lot under the surface on these negotiations and it’s probably better to stay under the surface. I don’t think the fans really want to hear any more whining about economics, they want to see hockey.”

“He’ll get done when he gets done and that’s all I can say about it.”

  1. jimw81 - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    if he isnt signed by training camp i can guarantee a team will offer sheet him.

    • jimw81 - Aug 6, 2013 at 11:40 PM

      better yet, come on homer. do it.

  2. kingsforever - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    He’ll sign halfway through training camp with the Blues

  3. 22bju - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    He’s a good player, no doubt about it.

    Any other blues fan out there that thinks maybe it would be better to trade his rights for a couple of really good players? Basically a 2 for 1.

    • bluesrawesome - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:51 AM

      No the Blues have a lot of really good players but not many big name players. Petro is the closest thing to true star player we have. He’s only 23 so in a few seasons it wouldn’t surprise me if he was recognized as one of the best d men in the NHL.

  4. bigx21 - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:53 AM

    Shattenkirk is the top dman name on the team if Pietrangelo gone!! Better sign him now than getting signed somewhere else like AVS!!

  5. willscrazyblueshirts - Aug 7, 2013 at 5:52 AM

    He’s a skilled kid but if he’s asking for more than six million, let him go

  6. brockohol - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    ha! blues want to sign Pietro by training camp? what a news flash

  7. birdsnblues - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    The paper that your quoting is the “Belleville News Democrat”

    • blues1988 - Aug 7, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      was coming to say that. pretty sure i’ve seen this site and hardball talk call it the bellevue news democrat on numerous occasions.. haha

  8. 19to77 - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Guy was fourth in Norris votes in 2012 and put up a 51-point season. He’s their top defenseman (and in a Hitchcock system, being that guy means you have to be amazing in your own zone) and finished in the top six in team scoring each of the last three years, all while logging an average of 23 minutes against opposing teams’ best lines.

    So yeah, he’s not exactly gonna be cheap.

  9. eggserino - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    There is honestly no reason why the Blues shouldn’t be offering a $7m AAV 8 year contract to this guy. The question is, should Petro accept that?

    If he took $6m AAV for 4 years, could he ever make up the $4m he left on the table? If he stays healthy he could. If something catastrophic happens, and it happens all the time in this game, he may never make that money back.

  10. charleslouis99 - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    if Pietro would’ve had a good year this past one. Armstrong wouldve payed him handsomely

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