Report: the Blues advise Pietrangelo to seek free agency

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Alex Pietrangelo’s days with the St. Louis Blues seem to be over.The Blues have broken off contract negotiations with the back-guard of the pending unrestricted free agents and advised the 30-year-old to pursue free agency in October, TSN’s Darren Dreger reports.

Pietrangelo, whose previous deal carried an annual cap of $ 6.5 million, is one of the league’s top blue liners and is set to earn a big paycheck after helping the Blues win the Stanley Cup in 2019 and to organize a career campaign in 2019-2020. .

Saint-Louis currently only has $ 5.15 million in cap space slated for next season, according to CapFriendly.

Pietrangelo admitted earlier this week that the lack of a new deal with the Blues was “a little disappointing”. The 6-foot-3-inch blue liner on Friday said contract negotiations had not gone the way it wanted, according to Dreger.

The Blues’ current bid is apparently an average annual value of $ 7.7 million, but Pietrangelo was asked to accept the proposal without knowing the structure of the deal, according to Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic.

Pietrangelo recorded a personal best 16 goals this season and was close to breaking the 60-point mark in 82 games for the first time in his career. The Ontario native has placed third in goals (58) and eighth in points (195) among all NHL defensemen over the past four seasons.

Drafted by the Blues with the fourth overall pick in 2008, Pietrangelo has spent his entire 12-year career in Saint-Louis.

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