The St. Louis Blues and their 23 year old star defenseman Alex Pietrangelo have been playing a game of cat-and-mouse all summer as Pietrangelo looks for a big-time contract while the Blues are, apparently, playing hardball. Pietrangelo is currently a restricted free agent but won't suit up until he has a deal in place.
Today, Blues' general manager Doug Armstrong announced that talks between the club and Pietrangelo have "broken off" and the defenseman will not be at Blues' training camp. This is not a great sign for Blues' fans.
This is a big loss for the Blues and a potential opportunity for the Flyers. Pietrangelo is a 6'3", 201 lbs. defenseman who scored five goals and had 19 assists for 24 points in 47 games last season. As a 22 year old in 81 games in 2011-12, he scored 12 goals and dished out 39 assists for 51 points while putting up an impressive +/- rating of plus-16. He can play offensively, he can play defensively, and he is a difference-maker on the ice. What more could you want?
Saying this is a long shot would actually be a stretch. If Paul Holmgren could figure out a way to get Pietrangelo, he'd give Flyers fans a sense of euphoria that they haven't had since the Shea Weber offer sheet signing (which ended up poorly but let's move on from that). It would cost the Flyers a lot of talent if it came to a trade - think along the lines of a potential trade for Weber: Couturier, Schenn, Read, first-round picks, etc. and that is not mentioning his new contract (likely around $7 million).
One can dream right?
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