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Blues, Pietrangelo might just settle for a ‘bridge’ contract

Aug 22, 2013, 6:52 PM EDT

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Once again, the St. Louis Blues provided a non-update to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch regarding unsigned star Alex Pietrangelo on Thursday. At this point, it’s clear this situation could stretch intro training camp (and possibly the regular season).

It’s worth mentioning that the 23-year-old standpoint is represented by Newport Sports, whose clients P.K. Subban, Drew Doughty and Ryan O’Reilly missed regular season games while they were mired in their own contract negotiations.

There’s still plenty of time for Pietrangelo and the Blues to avoid such a scenario, however.

One option the Post-Dispatch brought up with GM Doug Armstrong is signing a “bridge” contract rather than a long-term deal. (Perhaps this would echo the settlement Subban reached with the Montreal Canadiens.)

Armstrong mentioned earlier this month that he wants both sides to feel like they got a fair deal.

“It’s just finding out is it a maximum-term contract of eight years or do both sides feel it’s better to go short?” Armstrong said. “We’re going to work hand-in-hand with Alex because it’s not a win-lose. We’re hoping to find a win-win for both sides.”

We’ll see if Pietrangelo needs to watch the Blues win and lose for a while before getting that win-win deal, though.

  1. runhigh24 - Aug 22, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    A bridge contract for Pietrangelo would be penny wise pound foolish. Pay that man his money.

    • cardsandbluesforever - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:37 PM

      I think petro’s agent is the one causing all the problems here. the blues front office keep saying they want to give him what he deserves money wise, petro says he wants to stay here, so the only explanation is Newport wanting the biggest contract payout possible so they can have their bigger slice of the pie.

      the Blues have shown in the last few years that they are a very fair organization when it comes to paying their players. Petro should just fire Newport and sign what the blues are offering, which is north of 7 mil year- very fair compared to what other players in his position on other teams are getting paid.

  2. dayno66 - Aug 22, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    I feel like the Tyler Myers situation has a lot of GMs spooked.

  3. thibbledorfpwent - Aug 23, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Yeah, somehow I don’t think the blues plunked down an 8 year $56 million+ (8 x $7mil per) deal on the table, as good as Pietrangelo is, I don’t think they’ve got the organizational stones for that yet, and the Tyler Myers spook factor is a very astute point

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