Signing cornerstone defenseman Alex Pietrangelo to a seven-year contract extension was just a matter of time for the St. Louis Blues. Two days into training camp, it was a done deal and there was happy talk he will be here for life.
The Blues believe the ice-hogging, offensive-minded Pietrangelo is the guy who can lead a team built to go deep into the playoffs. And it's a team that knows exactly what management wants after winning two, then losing four in a row to the Los Angeles Kings in the playoffs last year.
''For those key guys that have been here a while, we've got to take a little bit of a leadership role and make sure that every line's going,'' forward T.J. Oshie said. ''There's nothing worse than sitting at home or sitting wherever you're at watching the team you had a chance to beat go on and play after you.''
The biggest move of the offseason actually left the Blues just as flush in players once judged as top-end talent. Plus, Oshie, David Backes, Patrik Berglund and V...