The key questions are: how good can defenseman Alex Pietrangelo become and when? (Keith Gillett/Icon SMI
By Allan Muir
It’s not like St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong hasn’t been busy this summer. While helping Steve Yzerman with the advance planning for Team Canada, he’s managed to avoid arbitration with Chris Stewart, and he made a significant cap-shaving deal by shipping David Perron to Edmonton in exchange for Magnus Paajarvi.
But Armstrong has left Blues fans to wonder when he’s going to take care of the team’s most pressing matter: getting defenseman Alex Pietrangelo under contract.
As presently constructed, the Blues seem like a team that’s good enough to be in the Stanley Cup mix, but not quite good enough to get the job done. A hard-working group that’s miserable to play against and, on most nights anyway, makes the most of the talent it has on hand.
But while the Blues employ a few higher-end players, only one has real superstar potential, the kind that can fill seats while carrying a team to the next level.
And that’s Pietrangelo.
So what’s the hold up?