The start of Blues training camp is less than six weeks away and defenseman Alex Pietrangelo a restricted free agent remains the team’s last unsigned player.
The Blues have waited deep into the summer to re-sign many of their own RFAs but never this deep under general manager Doug Armstrong. The latest to sign previously was defenseman Erik Johnson in 2010 when he was brought into the fold on Aug. 2. That date has now passed and adding to the anxiety among fans is that despite dialogue between Armstrong and Pietrangelo’s agent Don Meehan of Newport Sports Management no agreement is imminent.
A breakthrough in negotiations is always possible but with time slipping away the potential of a holdout is also plausible. The last two NHL players to miss part of the regular season — Montreal’s P.K. Subban and Colorado’s Ryan O’Reilly — are represented by Newport.
“There’s really nothing to report” Armstrong said. “My belief is that it’s better to stay quiet until we have a conclusion to it an