Posts Tagged ‘Alex Pietrangelo’

St. Louis Blues, Alex Pietrangelo agree on seven-year, $45.5 million deal

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Alex Piestrangelo of the St. Louis Blues

The work begins for Alex Pietrangelo now that his contract impasse with the Blues is over. (Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong was asked the other day why he and free agent defenseman Alex Pietrangelo couldn’t simply split the difference in their long-running contract dispute, forge a deal and get the player into camp with his teammates.

Maybe the logic behind that question finally sank in.

Armstrong announced this afternoon that he had come to an agreement with Pietrangelo on a deal that will pay the All-Star defender $45.5 million over seven years. That’s an average of $6.5 million per year — the middle ground between the player’s $7 million request and the team’s $6 million bottom line. It’s also identical to the deal Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson signed with the Ottawa Senators last summer.

To get the big payday, Pietrangelo had to sign away three years of free agency, but that’s a minor giveback compared to what the Blues brought to the table. The team could have taken a hard line with the restricted free agent and used the leverage provided by the CBA to force him into a lower dough bridge contract. But Armstrong chose instead to make a bold statement of faith in Pietrangelo and what he means to the franchise, both now and down the road.

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  • Published On Sep 13, 2013
  • Top Line: Sabres sign Cody Hodgson to stunning, risky deal; more links

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    Cody Hodgson of the Buffalo Sabres

    The Buffalo Sabres are rolling the dice big time on Cody Hodgson’s potential. (Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • While teams around the league are holding the line and signing their young but unproven stars to two-year bridge contracts, the Sabres decided they’d seen enough of Cody Hodgson to ink him to a stunning six-year, $25.5 million deal. GM Darcy Regier was under no pressure to make this kind of commitment, but he clearly placed a premium on continuity over Hodgson’s limited track record — and distressingly lax attitude toward his defensive responsibilities. This deal might work out just fine over time, but it was a financial risk the Sabres didn’t need to take.

    • Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau had a ticket for one of the flights that was hijacked on 9/11. Here’s how he survived.

    • The Florida Panthers have spoken with Tim Thomas, Ilya Bryzgalov and Jose Theodore about coming to camp on professional tryout contracts. No one is happier about this news than the guy who runs the @_FloridaMan Twitter feed.

    • Patrick Roy proved he could be a winner while wearing the tools of ignorance. Now, Adrian Dater writes, comes his chance to show he can do the same while wearing a suit and tie.

    • Gotta love Doug Armstrong’s take on the Blues’ failed contract talks with Alex Pietrangelo. Teams move on without injured players all the time — he pointed to Pittsburgh’s success while Sidney Crosby was in the press box last season — and that’s exactly how the Blues will deal with their star defender’s absence. No worries here. There’s lots of time to get a deal done, but the longer it takes, the tougher it will be for Pietrangelo to get off to the strong start he needs to impress Team Canada’s brass.

    • Great news for Cory Schneider: Martin Brodeur isn’t ready to retire just yet. But hang in there, bud, because Brodeur is sure you’ll be the No. 1 guy in Jersey “within a few years.”

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  • Published On Sep 12, 2013
  • Top Line: Trades coming for Flyers and Capitals?; more links

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    Braydon Coburn

    Braydon Coburn could be on his way out of Philadelphia via trade. (Chris O’Meara/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Does the training camp invite extended to veteran Hal Gill hint at a trade brewing in Philadelphia? The team reportedly has shopped both Braydon Coburn and Andrej Meszaros in an effort to clear cap space, and Gill might be able to fill a role at a decisively lower cap hit. Keep an eye on this.

    • With Marcus Johansson signed and Tom Wilson expected to take a serious run at a roster spot in camp, the Washington Capitals might be looking to clear a body or two off the roster. They might find takers for Jason Chimera and/or John Erskine.

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  • Published On Sep 08, 2013
  • Nazem Kadri, Derek Stepan and other NHL RFAs find they have no upper hand

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    Nazem Kadri of the Toronto Maple Leafs

    Nazem Kadri is learning he’s not worth quite as much to the Maple Leafs as he thinks he is. (Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    Everyone wants the upper hand in life, but as Jerry Seinfeld keenly observed, hand is tough to get.

    And even when you believe you’ve got it, you probably don’t have nearly as much as you think.

    If Nazem Kadri hasn’t digested that mind vitamin just yet, he will very soon. So will Jared Cowen, Cody Hodgson, Marcus Johansson, Cody Franson and the rest of this year’s crop of high profile restricted free agents.

    These players may be on the verge of NHL stardom, but their hopes of cashing in big on their second contracts are quickly fading. With training camps starting next week and their talks at a standstill, their unwillingness to recognize when they’re beaten puts their start to the 2013-14 season in jeopardy.

    The key here is timing. And unfortunately for these players, theirs is lousy.

    The diminished salary cap hurts the pool of cash that teams are drawing from, and each new signing leaves an even smaller pile. There’s no club that’s willing to risk the draft picks and blowback that come with tendering an offer sheet. And the start of camp puts the RFAs and their demands on the back burner and allows other players a chance to step up and fill whatever holes their absences create.

    It’s a miserably perfect salary-depressing storm.

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  • Published On Sep 06, 2013
  • Top Line: Patrick Kane the face of Team USA?; Staal health updates; more links

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    Patrick Kane of Team USA

    Patrick Kane has two Stanley Cups, a Conn Smythe Trophy and an Olympic silver medal on his resume. (Susan Walsh/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Has Patrick Kane become the face of American hockey? And if he has . . . is that a good thing?

    • Not sure that Herb Brooks would have liked this angle, but 14 players at Team USA’s camp were from Minnesota. And apparently, the guys were pretty proud of that fact.

    • No one has forgotten what Ryan Miller did in Vancouver, but history doesn’t count for much now, so the 2010 Olympic hero desperately needs a hot start this season to ensure that he isn’t the odd goalie out when the U.S. roster is finalized.

    • USA Hockey is well aware of its failure to medal when the Games have been held outside North America. A new approach to team building has the Americans liking their chances this time around.

    • Kyle Okposo talks about his Olympic chances and the Stanley Cup aspirations of the Islanders in this interview with Arthur Staple.

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  • Published On Aug 28, 2013
  • Top Line: Getting to know Nonis; Habs lose one fan fave and gain another

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    Dave Nonis became GM of the Leafs in January, after his mentor Brian Burke was fired. (Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

    By Sarah Kwak

    An annotated guide to this morning’s short list of must-read hockey stories:

    •  Who is Dave Nonis? Steve Simmons profiles the Maple Leafs GM.

    • The Canadiens say goodbye to one fan favorite, Colby Armstrong, but make room for another, Danny Briere, who skated in his Canadiens sweater for the first time in Montreal on Saturday. The Montreal Gazette‘s Dave Stubbs talks with both.

    • NHL.com’s 30-in-30 looks at the Los Angeles Kings today, and the many questions that have to be answered for the team this coming season.

    • St. Louis made some tweaks to their roster that could result in big changes on the ice. Also, the Blues are still negotiating an extension with defenseman Alex Pietrangelo.

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  • Published On Aug 04, 2013
  • Winnipeg Jets get lit up in new contract for Zach Bogosian

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    Zach Bogosian of the Winnipeg Jets

    Zach Bogosian got the big bucks, but must now prove he deserves them. (Jonathan Kozub/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    There was no good reason for Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff to hand RFA defenseman Zach Bogosian $36 million over the next seven years.

    Other than he had no choice.

    Bogosian struck it rich today without the benefit of even modest team or personal success to buttress his bargaining position. You’ll hear that sort of thing said about a lot of big money deals, but the Jets are a unique case. Incapable of luring high-end free agents from other teams to sign on for a hitch in Manitoba’s capital, Cheveldayoff has to do whatever it takes — again, whatever it takes – to keep home-grown talent at home.

    And if that means handcuffing himself long-term to a 23-year-old defender with all the promise in the world, but little to show for it, well, so be it.

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  • Published On Jul 29, 2013
  • Alex Pietrangelo deal coming, but one St. Louis Blues fans are hoping for?

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    Alex Pietrangelo is expected to re-sign with the St. Louis Blues.

    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?

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  • Published On Jul 23, 2013


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