St. Louis Blues: Is It Time To Be Concerned About Alex Pietrangelo?
The St. Louis Blues have taken care of basically every need they’ve had this offseason. They’ve even managed to find room to sign Jay Bouwmeester to a contract extension. And they’ve managed to do so while retaining more cap space than a good amount of the teams throughout the league.
However, there’s still one gigantic cloud hanging over this club, and that would be the lack of a contract for top defenseman Alex Pietrangelo. There doesn’t appear to be the threat of an offer sheet, or the possibility of a trade, at this point, but should the Blues be concerned about the talks?
The preseason will get underway in about a month, which means that there’s less than a month until training camps get underway. Talks for a new deal have gone virtually nowhere, but we don’t know what Pietrangelo is looking for, in terms of money or dollars at this point, either.
A new deal for Pietrangelo isn’t likely to be any type of bridge deal, which would mean a shorter term and a smaller salary, which would put him in line to earn a massive deal in a couple of years. What both sides likely want, and we know Pietrangelo wants to remain in St. Louis, is a long term deal now.
Pietrangelo is the no. 1 defenseman for this team, there’s no question about that. The other thing there’s no question about is the fact that Pietrangelo wants to return to the Blues and be a part of this team’s core for the next several years. Which has to bode well for a deal getting done before training camp rolls around.
He’s very likely going to see his salary double, as the Blues could use a good chunk of their $7 million+ in cap space to lock him up. It could just be a matter of years. Either way, both sides want a deal done, and unless things completely fall apart and a trade becomes the only option, it’s impossible to see Pietrangelo in anything other than a Blues sweater next season.
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