Apr 9, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; St Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (27) handles the puck against the Nashville Predators during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. The Blues beat the Predators 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

What is Alex Pietrangelo Worth to the St. Louis Blues?


 

Alex Pietrangelo is clearly the biggest RFA for the St. Louis Blues this offseason, but just how much is he worth?

Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong will surely want to lock Pietrangelo up long term and will have to ask Tom Stillman to open his checkbook to do so.  At the NHL trade deadline the Blues added a hefty amount of salary when they picked up top defenseman Jay Bouwmeester and his $6,680,000 cap hit through next season.  With 16 players under contract for the 2013-14 season, including Bouwmeester, the Blues have $24,610,000 of projected cap space available according to CapGeek.com.  Surely the Blues won’t be able to spend to the cap so it should make for some interesting offseason moves.

Assuming that Armstrong would like to keep all of his restricted free agents, what would that mean?  Well, the major issue for Armstrong is going to be that Chris Stewart, Patrik Berglund, Evgeny Grachev, Kris Russell, Ian Cole, Kevin Shattenkirk, and Jake Allen are also restricted free agents and all seem to have a place in the Blues plans.  If Pietrangelo commands a contract similar to that of Drew Doughty he could be another $7,000,000 cap hit for the Blues.  Perhaps Petro will be willing to take a home town discount, but plan on him having at least a $6,500,000 cap hit.  That would leave just $18,110,000 for the Blues to lock up the rest of their RFA’s.  Shattenkirk is probably due about a $5,000,000 cap hit; Stewart will command north of four but should be close to $3,500,000; Beglund would be looking to get a contract similar to Perron placing him at about a $4,500,000 cap hit; Grachev has yet to prove himself at the NHL level and could be a low cost solution at close to a $1,000,000 hit; Russell is probably able to command about $3,500,000 on the open market and will be looking for a similar offer from the Blues; Ian Cole shouldn’t be looking for much based on his play but will most likely be north of $2,000,000 and closer to $3,000,000 to keep on a longer term basis; Jake Allen should be looking for full time NHL duty and will likely make close to what Brian Elliott is raking in at a cap hit of $1,800,000.  With all of those projections, some of which are probably low, the Blues would be $4,190,000 over the cap.

Then, add Jordan Leopold, Taylor Chorney, Jeff Woywitka, Andrew Murray, Scott Nichol, Jamie Langenbrunner, and Andy McDonald as unrestricted free agents and Armstrong’s job may be difficult this summer.  The first players to be sent on their way will surely be Andrew Murray, Scott Nichol, Jamie Langenbrunner, and Andy McDonald.  By letting these aging guys go the Blues will open up plenty of room for younger players that will begin to compete for roster positions, but you have to think that the Blues will want to keep Leopold with the club.

So what is Pietrangelo worth to the St. Louis Blues?  Is he promising enough to send Shattenkirk away for a young probable scorer?  Should Stewart and Berglund start packing their bags?  What do you think that the Blues plans will be in order to stay under the cap and retain the majority of their RFA’s?  Let us know in the comments below.

LET’S GO BLUES!

-Alex Hodschayan

 

Tags: Alex Pietrangelo Chris Stewart Ian Cole Jay Bouwmeester Kevin Shattenkirk Kriss Russell Patrik Berglund St. Louis Blues

  • Scott

    I would send Perron, Berglund, Halak, Andrew Murray, Scott Nichol, Jamie Langenbrunner, and Andy McDonald packing. Pick up a 1st line centermen that is a play maker and try to get a sniper.

    • Alex Hodschayan

      Do you think that Brian Elliott is ready to lead a team to the Cup? He can play great, but is still questionable. Same goes for Allen. That tandem could be trouble in a full season. We need a number one goalie.

      Also, if the Blues trade off Perron, they won’t get anyone with that talent level for his price. He had an off year but I don’t see Armstrong sending him off for one down year.

      I agree Berglund can be traded, but then we have to have a centerman back in the deal. Perhaps package Berglund and Russell together to get a solid center? As for the rest, I think the writing is on the wall. Cracknell and Porter getting one way deals signals the end for Nichol and Murray and Langenbrunner doesn’t have legs to come back. McDonald will find a place to play but the roster has grown too much in St. Louis for him.

      Thanks for the insight!

      • Dashley R

        I think Elliott needs some hardcore practice, but I don’t think he is as questionable as you do. Allen isn’t proven so I agree that he still needs some time to see what he is capable of.

        I don’t think getting rid of Perron is the way to go. He is still quite young with 2 or 3 big years of maturing left in him and for the price he could end up being a great bargain. Plus with the way he started to play later in the season he looked to be getting smarter with the puck and with his play making capabilities. All he needs to do is work on his accuracy and he will be a serious threat.

        I don’t think McDonald earned half his last years paycheck which was disappointing. I’m not worried about Nichol or Murray coming back although Nichol was great on faceoffs. I think Langenbrunner retiring and converting to staff could be beneficial. With Berglund it is tricky. I see glimpses of 2nd line center from him but then he seems to disappear too often. I know he is still young, but I personally don’t see him getting much better and his lethargic movement is aggravating at best.

        If we could get Ribeiro for Berglund Russell and another player/prospect/draft pick I would say it would be totally worth collecting all of this talent over the last 8 years. He isn’t too old and should have 2-4 good years left in his tank. But it would be disappointing to see Russell go. I think he is highly underrated.
        What do you think?

        • Alex Hodschayan

          I think the Blues need to add their top line center, but that Ribeiro is not the way to go. The Blues have done this all before and have struck out too many times. There is a reason that the Capitals don’t want to give him a long term contract and the Blues should take note.

          As for Berglund, I would like to see him moved as his play is too inconsistent. Backes could make a great second line center (and should be paired with Perron and Oshie on that second line) and could see a great increase in production. The Blues have top end talent, but no true first line guys.