By Ryan Kiray (@RyanK_THG)
With NHL training camp fast approaching, most teams will be making the final adjustments to their rosters in the coming weeks. For most teams, this will most likely mean nothing more than a few fringe players and prospects moving between the NHL and AHL. For a few, this will mean adding one of the number of NHL veterans left in the cold during this summer’s free agent frenzy. However, the St. Louis Blues and their General Manager, Doug Armstrong, have a problem of their own; their number one defenseman, star youngster Alex Pietrangelo, remains a restricted free agent. The Blues would do well to get their stud blueliner under contract for camp begins; if recent precedent is any indication, they will regret allowing their standoff to extend into the coming season.
The Los Angeles Kings could likely spin the Blues a cautionary tale about overplaying the hand that is dealt with regards to restricted free agents. Many will remember the Kings’ stand...