The St. Louis Blues and defenseman Alex Pietrangelo agreed on a seven-year, $45.5 million contract with a no-trade clause over the final three years, ending a brief holdout.
The deal was announced Friday, one day after the first practice of training camp. General manager Doug Armstrong said it was a strong signal that the Blues intend for the 23-year-old Pietrangelo, the fourth overall pick of the 2008 draft and one of the top offensive defensemen in the NHL, to spend his career in St. Louis.
A news conference for Armstrong and Pietrangelo (Pet-TRANJ'-el-oh) was set for Saturday.
''What I said to him, `This isn't a seven-year deal, this is just another steppingstone,'' Armstrong said. ''I think he's excited to be here, I know we're excited to have him, get him in here and turn him over to the coach.''
The Blues had hoped to get a deal before training camp but talks briefly broke down. Armstrong said negotiations resumed Thursday and ''we were able to wrap up all the loose ends t...