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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
  • Top Line: Players file for arbitration; Heritage Classic blowback; more links

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    Mats Zuccarello of the New York Rangers

    Salary arbitration hearings for players such as Mats Zuccarello will be held July 22 to Aug. 6 in Toronto. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

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

    • The NHLPA announced that 21 players filed for salary arbitration. Notable on the list: Edmonton’s Sam Gagner, Matt Zuccarello of the Rangers, and every decent player on the Winnipeg Jets.

    • Confused? No worries. Here’s the agent for Winnipeg’s Bryan Little explaining what arbitration means.

    Tony Gallagher writes that the Heritage Classic is a test “to find out just exactly how stupid and gullible people are when it comes to NHL hockey” You think maybe he’ll warm up to the idea in time?

    • The players, at least in Ottawa, aren’t quite as cynical or crotchety ol’ Tony about the event.

    • Here’s a great piece from Chris Johnson explaining how the recent contracts signed by Daniel Alfredsson and Jarome Iginla took full advantage of the new CBA to everyone’s benefit.

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  • Published On Jul 11, 2013
  • St. Louis Blues trade David Perron to Edmonton Oilers

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    David Perron

    David Perron’s speed makes him a natural fit for Edmonton’s high-flying top six. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    The cap-strapped St. Louis Blues have dealt David Perron to the Edmonton Oilers.

    In exchange, the Blues receive forward Magnus Paajarvi and a second-round pick in the 2014 draft.

    The Blues have been dangling Perron, a skilled but underachieving winger who scored 10 goals and 25 points last season, since the trade deadline. But while Perron’s speed makes him a natural fit for Edmonton’s high-flying top six, he doesn’t fit the team’s clear need for a power forward, grit and experience on the bottom six or a reliable, two-way defenseman.

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  • Published On Jul 10, 2013