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News flash: Alex Pietrangelo is vital to St. Louis’ success

Aug 21, 2013, 4:40 PM EDT

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This may not come as a surprise to anyone, but Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo is quite good.

Examining his last three seasons in the league, his production on offense as well as solid play defensively, somehow has yet to make him a household name.

In 2010-2011, his first full NHL season, he put up 11 goals and 43 points. He followed that up the following season with 12 goals and 51 points. If you dug into his advanced numbers those seasons (’10-’11, ’11-’12), you’d see he was even better than those numbers detailed.

Even in last year’s lockout-shortened season, Pietrangelo had a great year with five goals and 24 points in 47 games. He and Kevin Shattenkirk were, by far, the Blues’ top two defensemen which makes it all the more curious Pietrangelo is still an unsigned restricted free agent.

Blues GM Doug Armstrong hopes a deal will get done before training camp and the team isn’t in peril with the salary cap with just under $8 million in cap space. Even owner Tom Stillman has crowed about the money they’ve spent to keep their other RFAs.

So what’s the problem here?

Pietrangelo is the best defenseman the Blues have had since Al MacInnis or Chris Pronger and at the ripe old age of 23 he’s a guy they can lock up in St. Louis until he’s 31 if they’d like. If they want to follow in Montreal’s footsteps with how they handled P.K. Subban‘s two-year deal, they have to be careful.

They’re likely hoping the deal they inked Shattenkirk to will provide the framework they want, but if Pietrangelo continues to play this well, and perhaps even better, the price will only keep rising.

  1. bcsteele - Aug 21, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    Eight years – 6.5 million – no trade clause

    Reports say he wants 7 mil but he’s also indicated he loves St. Louis, and the state of Missouri and would love to raise a family here. So throw in the no trade clause for little less cash but security.

    On the Blues can’t low ball Petro. For all the big time contracts that get thrown out there he’s one deserving it. Given his defensive contributions, offensive numbers, and most importantly (to me anyway) in big money long term deals he’s DURABLE and has about no injury history (knock on wood).

    Get a deal done!

  2. eggserino - Aug 21, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Petro is a $7m AAV player. I don’t care how you get there, just get there already. It makes sense to do an 8 year deal that ramps up his salary to hit that $7m AAV number.

    Yeah, he’s still got some things to prove. There’s nothing in his history that says he won’t prove those things. Offensive consistency is huge. If they choose to wait to sign him to a deal until he’s proved that he’s worth the $7 AAV number, enough contracts will be signed that could make that a $7.5m – $8.5m AAV number.

    Get the deal done already.

  3. beaver15 - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    He’ll get signed. Unfortunately, I feel this could drag into the season, which will cause ugliness with Blues fans/Organization…if Petro played in an Original Six city, like NYR, he’d be a HUGE star.

  4. scaarepittschamberofcommerce - Aug 22, 2013 at 2:56 AM

    Petro’s the guy we can’t let get away. I believe this will get done.. just not sure what’s taking so long….

    • smnick - Aug 22, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      Two words…Ed Snyder. Beware of the Count of Philadelphia my Midwest brethren!

      • eggserino - Aug 22, 2013 at 1:01 PM

        Three words . . . no cap space. Philly ain’t signing anyone to an offer sheet.

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