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NHL ANNOUNCES 2013-14 ALL-STAR TEAMS
LAS VEGAS (June 24, 2014) -- Center Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and defenseman Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins, who each earned his third career berth on the First All-Star Team, head the list of players voted to the 2013-14 National Hockey League postseason All-Star Teams. Crosby received First Team honors for the second consecutive season, while Chara earned a spot on the First Team for the first time since 2008-09.
Joining Crosby and Chara are two second-time selections to the First Team, right wing Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks and defenseman Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks. The squad also features two first-time recipients, left wing Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars and goaltender Tuukka Rask of the Bruins.
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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.
The Globe and Mail's Eric Duhatschek believes that the recent re-signings of players like Daniel Cleary and Nazem Kadri, combined with last year's relatively painless re-signings of training camp "hold-outs" like P.K. Subban and the relatively few numbers of holdouts this year illustrate the fact that extended holdouts--which used to be the one and only way for high-profile players to earn the big bucks they seek from reluctant rights-holders--just aren't the way of the contract-negotiating CBA beast anymore:
Cody Hodgson re-upped last Wednesday with the Buffalo Sabres, there remain just a handful of unsigned players out there as NHL training camps opened with the first on-ice workouts Thursday.
Derek Stepan hasn’t come to terms with the New York Rangers. Also, the Leafs and Ottawa Senators are negotiating hard with Cody Franson and Jared Cowan, respectively, and the St. Louis Blues appear headed toward a showdown with their best player, Alex Pietrangelo.
But that’s it. Compare that to how things were in the 1990s, when it seemed every team had two or three annual contract skirmishes.
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 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.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
The right-shot Pietrangelo projects to be one of the NHL’s best defensemen, if he doesn’t already qualify. Last year, Pietrangelo had five goals and 19 assists in 47 games. He averaged 25:06 of ice time per game, most on the St. Louis roster. Pietrangelo’s most desirable comparable is Drew Doughty. The Los Angeles defenseman, drafted second overall in 2008 (two spots ahead of Pietrangelo), signed an eight-year, $56 million blockbuster after the expiration of his entry-level deal. The more applicable comparable is Zach Bogosian, the No. 3 pick in 2008. Bogosian signed a seven-year, $36 million extension with Winnipeg last month. On the flip side, neither Pietrangelo nor agent Don Meehan want to see a repeat of P.K. Subban’s situation with Montreal. Subban, also a Meehan client, held out at the start of 2013. Then Subban signed a two-year, $5.75 million bridge contract. Based on the marketplace, Subban, the reigning Norris Trophy winner, is worth at least double his $2.875 million average annual value. Pietrangelo can’t afford to hold out. The Blues are entering a critical season in their transition from young bucks into a club that should contend for a top playoff seed. Pietrangelo is also in the running for an Olympic roster spot for Team Canada in a group that includes Doughty and Subban. If a bridge deal is the only alternative, Pietrangelo needs to accept it.
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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.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
It’s believed that he’s asking for something around $7 million per year, which is what it costs to sign that type of player these days.
Well, it comes down to Armstrong’s appetite for risk. It is … limited. He’s learned from the mistakes he made in Dallas. This is not a GM who throws money at a player simply because someone else could and did. He’s a live-within-your-means type of guy in a world where everyone else is trying to keep up the neighbors.
And right now, he’s not ready to handcuff himself to a player who has flirted with superstardom, but isn’t yet at that level. In fact, after putting together a breakthrough campaign in 2011-12 that earned him recognition as a Norris Trophy finalist, the 23-year-old’s play slipped last season, which forces Armstrong to think long and hard about what kind of player Pietrangelo really is before deciding how to handle the restricted free agent.
Can he be that superstar who elevates his play and puts his teammates on his back when it matters most? That’s certainly the consensus among long-suffering Blues fans. Or is he just another really good player, a supporting piece to hold down that spot on the top pair until something better comes along?
Should Armstrong treat Pietrangelo as the face, and future, of the franchise and hand him a seven- or eight-year deal that chains him to the franchise? That’s not the kind of thing he does. His longest offer was the five-year deal given to T.J. Oshie last summer. So does he hedge his bet with a similar offer? Or does he essentially ask Pietrangelo to prove himself with a two-year bridge deal?
from Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat,
In a league where franchise defensemen are the gold standard, the St. Louis Blues have one of the NHL's most valuable assets in Alex Pietrangelo.
Pietrangelo turns 22 today. His elite performance forces opposing teams to account for him every time he is on the ice.
"The second half of last season, he played with a target," Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong said of Pietrangelo, who wedged himself into Norris Trophy consideration by scoring 12 goals and 51 points. He played upwards of 25 minutes a night for a team that finished second overall in the league standings.
"Like a Nick Lidstrom, like a Ray Bourque, like Shea Weber, he's going to have that target now for the rest of his career so he's going to have to learn to protect himself," Armstrong said. "He's a player that when you play against the St. Louis Blues, he's circled.
from Kerry Fraser of TSN,
I did not like this illegal hit or the penalty assessment one bit. Even if there had been the absence of an injury to the chin of Alex Pietrangelo, based on the degree of violence of the impact with the boards a major penalty was warranted under rule 41.3—boarding and needed to be identified as such. If this type of “check” from behind and resulting impact with the boards is only worthy of a minor penalty I am fearful for what it will take for a major infraction to be identified by the referees….
Once Alex Pietrangelo was at his bench it became obvious that an injury did result from the boarding infraction as was observed by the back referee Stephen Walkom. It is most confusing to me why the initial boarding minor was not then changed to a major and game misconduct penalty as a result of the injury.
read on and you can review the hit below…
Dwight King received 2 for boarding for this hit on Alex Pietrangelo who did not return to the game.
The center ice shot by Alex Pietrangelo breezes by Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick.
The Blues won the game 4-0.
from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,
Blues general manager Doug Armstrong has high hopes for the development of his young team and wants to send every signal to prospects in the organization that a job is theirs to be had.
“We’re not looking at (veteran tryouts). We really want to give the opportunity to the players in our organization. I don’t want to muddy the waters,” Armstrong told Sporting News. “Right now, we’ve given them the opportunity to know they’re coming into training camp with spots to earn and I don’t want to take that away from them.”
Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo is ready to seize that opportunity.
Last week, Pietrangelo wrapped up his third prospects tournament in Traverse City. He did it in an impressive way, scoring a goal on a big shot from the point in what should be the 20-year-old’s final game as a prospect in northern Michigan.
Talk to enough people and consensus becomes clear that the 6-3 Pietrangelo is the most NHL-ready of any player in the tournament. And really, he should be.
Hollweg returns from suspension and promplty hits Alex Pietrangelo of the Blues from behind, 5 minute major and a game. I do believe an automatic suspension comes with it, possibly three games.
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from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Alex Pietrangelo faced long odds of making the Blues’ opening-day roster, but on Monday the 18-year-old defenseman received word that he’ll be on the team and perhaps on the ice Friday against Nashville….
“We’ve all seen the poise he has. ... I like his poise,” Davidson said. “There’s always good things that happen on the ice, and things you learn from. I don’t like saying ‘bad.’ Some things don’t go well, but you learn from them. He’s a quick learner, very mature.”