Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/22/13
Alex Pietrangelo will be joining a hockey team this weekend but it won't be the Blues. The defenseman is scheduled to be one of 47 NHL players traveling to Calgary for Team Canada's Olympic orientation camp which runs Sunday through Wednesday. Meanwhile there is no update regarding contract negotiations between the Blues and Pietrangelo. After completing his three-year entry-level deal last season the defenseman remains a restricted free agent less than three weeks before the start of training camp. Blues general manager Doug Armstrong and Pietrangelo's agent Don Meehan of Newport Sports Management have been in communication the past several months but have not been able to come to agreement on an extension. "Nothing really to report to you concerning Alex’s contractual status" Meehan wrote in an email to the Post-Dispatch Thursday afternoon. "Our discussions are ongoing with Doug." Pietrangelo's asking price is believed to be close to $7 million per season. The Blues apparently aren't willing to eclipse $6 million. With the sides unable to find comfort on the financial compensation Armstrong indicated earlier this month that a short-term or "bridge" contract is a possibility. “It’s just finding out is it a maximum-term contract of eight years or do both sides feel it’s better to go short?” Armstrong said. “We’re going to work hand-in-hand with Alex because it’s not a win-lose. We’re hoping to find a win-win for both sides.” The fact that Pietrangelo is one of 17 defensemen who have been invited to Team Canada's orientation camp may push him to get a deal done and be in the Blues' training camp on time. His best chance of making Canada's roster is being on the ice when the NHL season starts allowing Olympic officials to evaluate him.
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