May 2, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (27) takes a shot against the Los Angeles Kings in game two of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at the Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Free Agency: Alex Pietrangelo Looking for Offer Sheet? Will St. Louis Blues Resign Him?

The number one priority for Doug Armstrong entering the start of NHL free agency may not be signing Alex Pietrangelo to a long term deal.

It has been rumored that Pietrangelo is looking for a deal north of seven million per season.  St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong may be willing to test the waters to see what kind of offer sheet Pietrangelo may receive to attempt to lower his asking price.

While Pietrangelo is touted as one of the best, young defensive players in the game, he has yet to truly prove himself.  Looking at his play in the shortened season of 2013, Petro looked as though he was more focused on joining the offensive side of the game than playing in his own zone.

The Blues have surely been battling with numbers since their season ended in the first round of the playoffs.  The real question is should the Blues pay Pietrangelo for the player he could become or pay him for the play that they have seen so far.  The difference could be as much as two million per season, which over an eight year deal is quite substantial.

Jeremy Rutherford of the Post Dispatch tweeted,

If the Blues are willing to hold off on getting Pietrangelo under contract, perhaps Armstrong believes that he will not get the type of offer sheet that many fear he could receive. In this case, Armstrong might be thinking his value could drop if an offer comes in less than seven million per season. If not, and a huge offer comes in, well then the Blues don’t really lose anything as they planned on paying for him all along.

What do you think Blues fans? Is this just a way to try and keep costs down? Is Pietrangelo just trying to make a little extra and test the open market? Or, are the Blues going to lock him up fast enough that none of this will matter. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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-Alex Hodschayan

Tags: Alex Pietrangelo Free Agency St. Louis Blues

  • Dashley R

    I don’t think I can put this any other way, he is just not worth that kind of money.

    • Alex Hodschayan

      He might not be now, but to lose him for four first round picks would be a huge waste. With Petro on the blueline, the Blues have a solid D, period. He will be worth that money soon and sadly he will probably command an offer sheet in that range with no other elite D-men available.

      • Dashley R

        He looks like he could still develop into a greater player and I am a big fan of Petro’s, but we don’t know that he is ever going to be worth 7+ a year. I hope we can get him signed without crippling the team’s budget.

        • Dashley R

          With Keith, Voynov, Yandle, Shattenkirk and Byfuglien all making what they make a year, I don’t understand how Pietrangelo could have such an entitled attitude after this last season. I honestly don’t see how anybody could say that he is worth 2.8 million more a season than Shattenkirk. Maybe 1.5 more, but no more than that.