Originally written on Fox Sports Midwest  |  Last updated 9/12/13
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ST. LOUIS -- If they could have their way, this would have been over by now. The ink would be dry. Handshakes would have been made. Alex Pietrangelo would be back. Sometimes it just doesn't work that way. "That's the business side, where those guys have to figure that out," Blues captain David Backes said Thursday. "The sooner they can figure that out, and he is back in that room, it makes us a better team." When hockey prognosticators tabbed the St. Louis Blues as one of the best defensive teams in the NHL headed into the 2013-14 season, they probably figured Alex Pietrangelo would be wearing The Note. Blues fans, players and management certainly did.But training camp is here and the sixth-year defenseman has not agreed to a new deal, instead holding out while he waits on an extension. "Talks between the Blues and Alex's camp have broken off for now, and Alex will not be reporting for training camp today," Blues general manger Doug Armstrong said Wednesday, the day players rep...
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