According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the St. Louis Blues are preparing themselves in case Alex Pietrangelo doesn’t show up to training camp.
Right now the Blues and Pietrangelo are negotiating a contract so he’ll be able to return to action.
“I’ve talked to the coaches about the ‘what ifs’ on a few different situations. We’re not going to replace Alex in eight days. We’re not going to replace him in eight years. Our goal is to get him signed and when we get him signed, he’ll be here. But we do have to have the proper amount of players to run practices and to make sure that we’re getting what we want out of those exhibition games. We want players ready to play, but we don’t want to overburden them. With him out, is it going to increase the burden on other players or do we find a way to fill that from the outside?” St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong told the Post-Dispatch.
The two sides have been discussing an eight year maximum term contract. Pietrangelo’s camp is looking for a $7 million annual average value while the organization itself is looking for something closer to $6 million.