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by Paul on 08/04/13 at 08:07 AM ET
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The Blues have waited deep into the summer to re-sign many of their own RFAs, but never this deep under general manager Doug Armstrong. The latest to sign previously was defenseman Erik Johnson, in 2010, when he was brought into the fold on Aug. 2. That date has now passed, and adding to the anxiety among fans is that despite dialogue between Armstrong and Pietrangelo’s agent, Don Meehan of Newport Sports Management, no agreement is imminent.
A breakthrough in negotiations is always possible, but with time slipping away, the potential of a holdout is also plausible. The last two NHL players to miss part of the regular season — Montreal’s P.K. Subban and Colorado’s Ryan O’Reilly — are represented by Newport.
“There’s really nothing to report,” Armstrong said. “My belief is that it’s better to stay quiet until we have a conclusion to it and we’re not there now.
“It’s not something that I’m overly concerned about at this particularly time. We’ve got six weeks until training camp and these things get done at different times. Alex knows we want him here, Alex wants to be here and at the right time things will take shape.”
In an email to the Post-Dispatch, Meehan confirmed “we have had discussions,” but he declined to comment on the negotiations, even in general terms.
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