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Pietrangelo: ‘I wanted to be a St. Louis Blue for a long time’

Sep 15, 2013, 12:37 PM EDT

David Backes, Alex Pietrangelo, Jonathan Quick Getty Images

After the St. Louis Blues ended their own summer of worry by signing cornerstone defenseman Alex Pietrangelo to a seven-year, $45.5 million deal, that was able to get the team fully ready to make a run at the Stanley Cup.

One of the many good things to come out of it for the Blues was the long-term commitment. As Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch shares, it was something Pietrangelo wanted all along.

“Ultimately I wanted to be a St. Louis Blue for a long time and this is something that made sense to me and made sense to my family,” Pietrangelo said. “Obviously it’s a relief to get it done. I think I’ve been all smiles since yesterday when things finally got announced.”

The time for smiles may continue for St. Louis as they’ll be one of the favorites to challenge for the Stanley Cup this season. Pietrangelo getting back in the fold was the final player to get taken care of and as their No. 1 defenseman, he’s vital to make that happen.

Related: Video: Blues GM says Pietrangelo ‘a potential Norris Trophy’ winner

  1. charliereno - Sep 15, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    A run at the Cup? St. Louis?

    LMAO

    • bcsteele - Sep 15, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      Mark my words haters…IF…and I understand the if….if St. Louis can find a way to fill the net this year…we will make at least the conference finals. I made the post awhile back. I would say cup favs but this is a game of bounces and you never know. But the Blues finally have all the pieces. If they are missing anything its a true born goal scorer (which Tarosenko could be if he finds his per injury form)….again, if they find a way to fill the net, watch out….cause we’re coming boys.

      Let’s go Blues!!!

      • phillyphanatic77 - Sep 15, 2013 at 5:45 PM

        I agree this Blues team is dangerous across the board. 3 goalies, 4 deep lines, and a solid top-6. If they can find a way past Quick and LA then they’re gonna be dangerous.

  2. savior72 - Sep 15, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Yeah, make a run at the cup as in anyone who makes the playoffs can win it. See LA when they got hot after the squeezed in as 8th seed.

  3. charliereno - Sep 15, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Just like anyone who makes the playoffs can fizzle out if they’re underachieving pretenders. See: St. Louis.

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