The St. Louis Blues announced on Wednesday morning that restricted free agent defenseman Alex Pietrangelo would not be on the Blues’ roster at the start of training camp.
“Talks between the Blues and Alex’s camp have broken off for now and Alex will not be reporting for our camp today,” said GM Doug Armstrong.
As we covered previously, the Blues were prepared for life without Alex Pietrangelo during training camp. The contract talks with Petro involved a max term contract somewhere between Erik Karlsson ($6.5 million AAV over seven years) or Drew Doughty ($7 million AAV over 8 years) money.
The Pietrangelo contract is a complicated one. Not necessarily because of the dollars but with no arbitration deadline to work off of both sides have the luxury of standing firm for as long as they want. Technically the two sides have until December 1st, the deadline restricted free agents have to sign if they want to play NHL hockey this season.
Ugh. Well that’s not good.
Armstrong has been steadfast that Pietrangelo will be with the St. Louis Blues this season because he has faith that the process just needs time to play out and because, we assume, he knows the offer sheet system in the NHL is a toothless joke.