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The St. Louis Blues have added some depth at forward, signing veteran winger Brenden Morrow to a one-year contract worth $1.5 million.
Morrow scored 12 goals and 13 assists in 44 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Dallas Stars in 2012-13.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager/Alt. Governor Doug Armstrong announced the club has agreed to terms on a seven-year deal for defenseman Alex Pietrangelo.
“We’re excited to have Alex in the fold for the next seven years as he will continue be a key component of our franchise,” said Armstrong. “He is an elite defenseman in this league and will be for years to come.”
Pietrangelo, 23, dressed in 47 games last season, leading the Blues’ defense with 24 points (five goals and 19 assists) while ranking 13th in ice time per game (25:06) among all National Hockey League (NHL) defensemen.
In the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Pietrangelo posted two points (one goal, one assist) in six games while tying for second on the club with a +2 rating.
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Pietrangelo, 23, is believed to be seeking an extension that would pay him $7 million per season on a long-term deal. The Blues, who have a shade over $7 million in salary-cap space for the 2013-14 season, aren’t willing to pay more than $6 million annually.
“I’ll take Alex’s perspective … he thinks he’s made us a hell of an offer…I disagree,” Armstrong said. “We think we’ve made him a hell of an offer…he’s disagreed. That’s where we’re at.”
Asked Wednesday how large the financial gap between the sides is, Armstrong replied: “Big enough where he’s not in camp.”
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that defenseman Alex Pietrangelo will not be on the Blues’ roster to start the 2013 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 Armstrong.
from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
At least Hal Gill is being realistic about what he is facing in trying to earn a contract with the Flyers on a tryout basis.
Training camp opens Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center.
“I think I can go in and do the best I can,” Gill told CSNPhilly.com. “I know throughout the year there is going to be changes. I am certainly not looking at it as a guaranteed spot.”
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The Blues announced Saturday that they have invited free-agent defenseman Ryan Whitney to training camp on a professional tryout (PTO).
Whitney, 30, has spent the past three seasons with the Edmonton Oilers. In 34 games last season, he had four goals, 13 points and plus-minus rating of minus-7.
Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch with the news,
Hull, the franchise's leading goal scorer, will be back in Blue after 15 years away from the organization. He departed as a free agent in 1998, signing with Dallas, and has spent the most recent part of his post-hockey career as an executive with the Stars.
According to multiple sources, Hull, 49, will be named to a vice president position with the Blues and focus primarily on the business side of the organization. The deal between Hull and the club is not yet finalized, but is expected to be wrapped up soon and announced as early as next week.
(ST. LOUIS) – St. Louis Blues Chairman Tom Stillman announced today that the Blues have named Doug Armstrong President of Hockey Operations and General Manager and Bruce Affleck President of Business Operations. In addition, Affleck was named an Alternate Governor, joining Armstrong in that capacity.
“Having worked closely with Doug and Bruce for the past year, I have been able to observe their skills, dedication, and professionalism first-hand,” said Stillman. “These changes are a strong statement of confidence in their leadership now and into the future.”
All from the Twitter account of Bob McKenzie...
Kadri believed to be looking long-term (6 yrs in Tavares stratosphere of $5.5M per). Leafs want short, 2 yrs at P.K. Subban $ ($2.875M per).
Tough sledding for NYR/RFA Derek Stepan. Player seeks McDonagh $ (6 x $4.7M) but no arb rights, NYR holding firm on Subban level bridge deal
Dialogue on contracts for RFA D, Alex Pietrangelo in STL and Jared Cowen in OTT, is ongoing. Gaps still to be closed but talks continue.
Petro/STL would like 8 yr max term but question is where between $6M and $7M per yr it settles. Karlsson at $6.5M (x7), Doughty at $7M (x8).
Cowen/OTT exploring short and long term deals, everything from 2 yrs to 8. Nothing imminent. Guessing term more likely shorter than longer.
from Mark Masters of TSN,
Alex Pietrangelo is doing his best not to let an unresolved contract situation distract him this week at Hockey Canada's orientation camp.
"I've just kind of been moving forward as if I'm going to start the season like a regular year," the St. Louis Blues defenceman, a restricted free agent, said following a walkthrough on Monday. "I've been working hard all summer [and I'm] trying to put it behind me here for this week and trying to enjoy this process and, you know, hopefully something gets done here in the short term."
Pietrangelo has spoken to Blues general manager Doug Armstrong during the camp, but the contract issue did not come up. Armstrong is part of the Team Canada management group.
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