Posts Tagged Alex Pietrangelo

Morning Hits: Halak, Awards, Niemi, Playoffs Streaks and Starting Goalies

  • Renaud Lavoie: Jaroslav Halak’s agent Allen Walsh: ”Jaro never at anytime said he didn’t want to start against St. Louis. A private conversation between a player and coach should stay private and not be discussed with the media. I am bewildered that a coach would break that trust especially when those comments the coach publicly attributed to Jaro are not accurate. It’s the coach who makes the decision on who plays in the games, not the players.”
  • Bob McKenzie: Coaching survey continued. 16 coaches responding to Hart, Vezina and Norris awards. “Hart: Crosby unanimous, 16 for 16. ANA’s Getzlaf clear runner up, PHI’s Giroux 3rd. No one else close tho Pavelski, Rask, Chara mentioned. Vezina: BOS’s Rask a clear No. 1 (10 for 16) with COL’s Varlamov solid 2nd. MTL’s Price and TB’s Bishop in virtual dead heat for 3rd spot. Norris: Most hotly contested award. CHI’s Keith No. 1, appearing on 13 of 16 ballots with a high of five 1st place votes. BOS’s Chara (four 1st place votes) and NSH’s Weber (three 1st place votes) were virtually tied in voting points behind Keith. NYR McDonagh, MIN Suter, STL Pietrangelo and LA Doughty also got one first-place vote each to place 4th thru 7th with OTT Karlsson at 8th.”
  • Kevin Kurz: When asked if Antti Niemi is Sharks guy going into the playoffs, coach McLellan said: “Nemo is one of our guys going into the playoffs.”
  • Aaron Vickers: The Flames tied an NHL record by having their 49th one goal game last night. Tied with the 2010-11 Panthers.
  • Mike Morreale: Consecutive playoff seasons: Bruins 29, Blackhawks 28; Blues 25; Canadiens 24; Red Wings 23.
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres Ted Nolan confirms that Matt Hackett will start their final three games.
  • Devils PR: Cory Schneider will start in net for the Devils tonight.
  • Jim Cerny: Henrik Lundqvist will start in net for the Rangers tonight.
  • Lou Korac: Ryan Miller will start in net for the Blues tonight.

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Morning Rumors: Oilers, Flyers, Flames, Jets, Canadiens, Canucks, Sabres and Scouting Avs-Blues

  • TSN: Some quotes from Oilers GM Craig MacTavish:

    “I have not seen the same, beat-up, negative group that I’ve seen here in the past. If I thought for one instant it was a lack of work ethic on the players’ part, we’d be having a much different conversation.

    “I’m going to continue to support this group, and I think the players deserve my support… I feel and see progress,” added MacTavish.

    “The blueline needs to be improved upon… do we need a big stud defenceman? It would help immensely,” said MacTavish.

  • Bob Stauffer: MacTavish said he would be prepared to move their 2014 1st round pick, preferable a player on an entry level contract.
  • Jason Gregor: MacTavish: ”I don’t view another first round draft choice as what we need. Whether I can get suitable value for that remains to be seen.” … ”Our default is to kick out and not go to the net or tough areas. We need to get our group there or bring guys in who will go there.”
  • Darren Dreger: The Oilers had offered three 2nd round picks for Braydon Coburn at the 2013 draft and couldn’t get the deal done.
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie on TSN Radio: ”Flames at this moment in time do not want to move Cammalleri”
  • Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: Someone started that the Jets are taking calls for Evander Kane. A Montreal radio station floated a Kane for Max Pacioretty deal. A Vancouver TV type said the Canucks may want to package some prospects for Kane.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Ranking Sabres GM candidates: 1. Claude Loiselle 2. Jason Botterill 3. Laurence Gilman 4. Brad Treliving 5. Paul Fenton Wild Card: Bill Zito.
  • Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail: The Canadiens will soon find out what it will cost them to potentially sign P.K. Subban to contract extension. It is likely to cost $8 million or more per season. What Subban brings: “no other defenceman brings quite the same combination of rise-out-of-your-seat offensive dynamism, punishing physicality and defensive intelligence.” Kings defenseman Drew Doughty (8-years, $56 million) and Blues Alex Pietrangelo (7-years, 45.5 million) may be the closest comparables. Penguins Kris Letang signed for 8-years and $58 million. Before the lockout, Senators Erik Karlsson signed for 7-years and $45 million. Shea Weber has a salary cap hit of $7.8 million, followed by Ryan Suter and Letang at $7.5 million.
  • Adrian Dater: Scouting the Avalanche – Blues games: Rangers, Blue Jackets, Hurricanes, Penguins, Maple Leafs, Canadiens and Lightning.

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Afternoon Hits: Europe, Alfie, Rielly, Boyle, Ristolainen, Helm, Smith, Bournival, Timonen, Pietro, Burns and Clowe

  • Renaud Lavoie: The NHL and NHLPA will have another meeting this week regarding going to Europe.
  • Bill Roose: Red Wings Daniel Alfredsson will play in his 10th game this season and will collect a $2 million bonus.
  • Jonas Siegel: Maple Leafs Morgan Rielly will play his 9th game on Friday.
  • Kevin Kurz: The Sharks have sent Matt Pelech to the AHL. Defenseman Dan Boyle is not traveling with the team.
  • Sabres PR: The Sabres recall defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen.
  • Bill Roose: The Red Wings recall Xavier Ouellet and Darren Helm. Luke Glendening sent to the AHL.
  • Arpon Basu: Canadiens told Michael Bournival to look for an apartment in Montreal.
  • Dave Isaac: Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen practiced this morning.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Blues Alex Pietrangelo is back at practice today after missing yesterday with an upper-body injury.
  • David Pollak: Sharks Brent Burns is not playing tonight after getting hit in the mouth against the Flames.
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils Ryane Clowe is eligible to come off the IR today but is not practicing.

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Morning Hits: Blues, Barrie, Coyotes, Hedberg and Biron

  • Jeremy Rutherford: Before Alex Pietrangelo’s press conference, GM Doug Armstrong, coach Ken Hitchcock and Pietrangelo were standing in a circle talking. Armstrong jokingly said: ”This might be the best team I’ve ever been associated with and the only thing that can screw it up is coaching.”
  • Adrian Dater: Avs coach Patrick Roy said that defenseman Tyson Barrie would be used in a top-four role to start the season, barring a bad rest of camp.
  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes coach Dave Tippett expects to have their camp roster down to 40 by Tuesday.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: If Johan Hedberg beats out Martin Biron for the Rangers backup, they could look to trade Biron rather than taking on the extra $375,000 salary cap for sending him the AHL.

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Morning Hits: Ekman-Larsson, Grabovski, Brassard, Pietrangelo and McLaren

  • Sarah McLellan: Coyotes Oliver Ekman-Larson will arrive in camp today.
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals Mikhail Grabovski’s visa situation will be resolved and he’ll be at practice on Sunday.
  • Andrew Gross: Rangers assistant coach Scott Arniel said there never was really any problem between him and Derrick Brassard. It was more due to the situation “created” by his agent Allan Walsh.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Alex Pietrangelo’s contract comes with a no-trade clause for the entire length of the deal.
  • James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail: The Maple Leafs may be considering using tough guy Frazer McLarenon the penalty kill this season.

    “Frazer McLaren did kill penalties in the American Hockey League for the Worcester IceCats. And we knew that and we have evidence of that over the course of his young career.”

    “That’s where the growth is possible for him to take the next step,” Carlyle said. “To use him in the exhibition season killing penalties. He’s had that role before at the lower level.

    “Is it time to experience that now? Give him a little bit of opportunity? We’re not afraid to do that with those guys.”

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The Blues and Alex Pietrangelo Agree On A Seven-Year Deal

4:25 PM

  • Jeremy Rutherford: Pietrangelo Salary breakdown: $5 million, $5.5, $6.5, $7, $7, $7, $7.5
  • Lou Korac: The deal buys the first three years that he would have been UFA eligible at $7 million, $7 million and $7.5 million.
  • Andy Strickland: Pietrangelo is traveling to St. Louis tonight and will officially sign the deal tomorrow.

3:14 PM

  • Bob McKenzie: The Blues and Alex Pietrangelo agree on a seven-year deal with a $6.5 million salary cap hit.

Pietrangelo was drafted 4th overall by the Blues in the 2008 draft.

  • Pierre LeBrun: Pietrangelo gets the same contract as Senators Erik Karlsson, seven-years, $45.5 million.
  • Andy Strickland: Deal isn’t officially signed yet. Salary similar across the board, a little under $6.5 million to start and goes a bit above it in the back years of the deal.
  • Dan Rosen: Blues GM Doug Armstrong on Pietrangelo: “He is an elite defenseman in this league and will be for years to come.”
  • David Perron: “I think Petro just signed. I saw him leave the bank a few mins ago! Congrats! Well deserved!”

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Free Agent Hits: Pietrangelo, Franson, Sedin’s, Toews, Kane and Loktionov

  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie said that the ”Blues are looking for 8 years at $6 million for Pietrangelo while the player wants $7 m if he’s going to commit for that long.”
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Blues GM Doug Armstrong on the Alex Pietrangelo situation: ”I’ll take Alex’s perspective … he thinks he’s made us a hell of an offer. I disagree. We think we’ve made him a hell of an offer…he’s disagreed. That’s where we’re at.”
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Blues will start camp without Alex Pietrangelo. Talks broke off Tuesday night.

    “We’ve worked in earnest with his representative trying to get him into training camp,” Armstrong said. “We gave it a last-ditch kick at the can around 8 or 9 o’clock at night. It didn’t hold. So from this point forward, he’s not in camp and we treat him like an injured player.”

    “Sidney Crosby missed a lot of time with concussions (and) the Penguins went on. That’s our job responsibility. If he misses a week, a month, a year, we’re not really sure … but he’s not here now and we have to move forward.”

  • Darren Dreger Insider Trading: Henrik and Daniel Sedin’s agent will meet with management today to work aggressively on a contract extension. They carry a $6.1 million cap hit and could be in for a nice raise. It’s unlikely that the Maple Leafs move from a two-year offer at over $2 million per season to the a one-year deal that Cody Franson is requesting. The Leafs may want to avoid a one-year deal as they have several defenseman who have expiring contracts after this season: Dion Phaneuf, Jake Gardiner, Paul Ranger and Mark Fraser.
  • James Mirtle: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis on Cody Franson: ”There’s the realities of where you are. We have x amount of cap space. There’s only so much we can do to get a deal done”
  • Chris Johnston of SportsNet: The Maple Leafs will have to hold firm on Franson negotiations as they don’t have a lot of cap space left.
  • Brian Hamilton: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman on Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane: ”We’re going to keep them around for a long, long time.”
  • Tracey Myers: Toews on his Blackhawks future: ”Right now, it’s tough to find a reason to play somewhere else.”
  • Tom Gulitti: Devils center Andrei Loktionov said yesterday that he turned down a $3 million offer to remain in the KHL before he re-signed with the Devils. On the offer: ”Some teams they wanted to give me that money, a few teams actually. The money is not interesting for me right now. I’m more interested in playing in the NHL. I know money is very important but to me I wanted to play here.”

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Free Agent Hits II: Pietrangelo, Cowen, Hodgson, Brunner, Petrecki, Seidenberg and Sedin

  • Stephen Whyno: Blues GM Doug Armstrong on Alex Pietrangelo talks: “Talks between the Blues and Alex’s camp have broken off for now.” He won’t be at the start of training camp. Andy Strickland: The start of the season appears to be the tipping point.
  • Bruce Garrioch: A deal between the Senators and Jared Cowen is not imminent.
  • John Vogl: Sabres GM Darcy Regier has discussed short- and long-term contracts with Cody Hodgson’s camp. Both sides would like to get a deal done. Mike Harrington: Regier is hopeful that they can get Hodgson on the ice for the start of camp tomorrow. Both sides are working on a deal.
  • Szymon Szemberg: Damien Brunner is still looking for a contract after rejecting the Red Wings offer. May find one in the Swiss league.
  • David Pollak: The Sharks have re-signed defenseman Nick Petrecki to a one-year deal worth $715,000.
  • Joe Haggerty: Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg said there hasn’t been any negotiations for a contract extension yet. He is entering the last year of his deal and wants to stay.
  • Farhan Lalji: Henrik Sedin said there has been one meeting with management about a contract extension. He is optimistic and hopes it’s their last contract.

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Free Agent Hits: Vrbata, Pietrangelo, Franson, Kadri, Stepan, Hodgson and Bryzgalov

  • Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona: Coyotes GM Don Maloney said on the weekend that they have had preliminary talks with Radim Vrbata regarding a contract extension. He’s entering the final year of his three-year, $9 million deal.

    “He’s been a very good player for us and we’ve had great value for what we’re paying him,” Maloney said. “I feel like we’re always fair in our contracts — my idea of fair and other camps’ idea may be different — but when you look at his numbers, he’s probably earned more.”

    Vrbata is looking for a fair deal.

    “It’s not always about the money,” Vrbata said. “You want to be paid fair, but sometimes it’s better to take less and be in a good situation. I’m living proof of that when you look at what happened to me in Tampa.

    “Phoenix is the place where I’ve had the most success, where we like it as a family and where I like it as a hockey player. All the people around the team, Tip, Don, Shane (Doan) and the players, they make it a great situation for me. I wanted to be here even when the ownership situation was in limbo. With this new ownership group in place, it makes it even more appealing.”

  • Andy Strickland: The Blues and RFA Alex Pietrangelo continue to talk. Trying to get a deal done before players report today for the official start of camp.
  • Jonas Siegel: Unlikely that RFA Cody Franson will be attend the start of Leafs camp. Both sides are far apart, but that can change with one phone call. Don’t expect it to be a two-year deal, a one-year is the likeliest. When Franson signs, the Leafs will likely need to create some room with demotions or trades. Bob McKenzie: There has been no progress or movement between the Maple Leafs and Franson.
  • Nick Kypreos: Nazem Kadri will make $2.7 million this year and $3.1 million next year. Darren Dreger: Kadri’s $2.9 million was only $25,000 more than the Leafs offer from a month ago. Dan Rosen: With offer sheets non-existent and a holdout being the only leverage, was likely the only deal he was going to get. Missing camp would have done him no good. Darren Dreger: Kadri’s willingness to go the bridge contract route was presented to the Leafs yesterday afternoon.
  • Dan Rosen: Rangers RFA Derek Stepan should get more than Kadri’s $2.9 million as he’s done and proven more. Sabres RFA Cody Hodgson should be around or slightly less than Kadri’s $2.9 million.
  • Aaron Ward: Ilya Bryzgalov’s name has come up with the Panthers. There has not been an offer, but it has been contemplated.

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Free Agent Hits: Johansson, Boedker, Kadri, Gilbert, Cammalleri, Cowen, Hodgson, Franson, Pietrangelo and Stepan

  • Mike Vogl: The Capitals have signed RFA Marcus Johansson to a two-year, $4 million deal. He’ll get $1.825 million this season and $2.175 million in 2014-15.
  • Bob McKenzie: Hearing that Coyotes RFA Mikkel Boedker is close to agreeing to a two-year deal. Not official but likely imminent. Sarah McLellan: McLellan thinks it would be interesting if Boedker signed for two-years. His camp wanted a long-term deal and that is why he didn’t go to an arbitrator. Two-year deal is what it may take to get him in camp.
  • Jim Matheson: Matheson thinks there is no way that Nazem Kadri can win this “catfight” with the Maple Leafs. One good season doesn’t mean $5 million in a long term deal.
  • Jim Matheson: Wild sources saying that Tom Gilbert could play in Switzerland this season.
  • Pierre LeBrun of ESPN: Flames forward Mike Cammalleri is entering the last year of his deal and could be open to a contract extension.

    “Who knows? We’ll see,” he said of his future in Calgary. “We’ll see what they want to do. Truthfully, I got a lot of respect for (GM) Jay (Feaster) and (assistant GM) John (Weisbrod), I’ve had an open dialogue with them. Nothing to report, but we’ll see what they want to do. I like it there, it’s a good place. I’m open (to an extension).”

  • Allan Muir of SI: RFA’s like Nazem Kadri, Jared Cowen, Cody Hodgson, Marcus Johansson,  and Cody Franson are finding they don’t have a lot of leverage. Their hopes of cashing in are fading. The lower salary cap has hurt their chances of getting a bigger deal. The Senators have determined that Cowen is worth less than the $3 million they are paying Marc Methot on a short-term deal. Mikhail Grigorenko and Zemgus Girgensons can fill the empty role left if Hodgson isn’t signed right away. The Leafs feel they have options in Paul Ranger and Morgan Rielly if Franson isn’t signed by the start of the season. Alex Pietrangelo and Derek Stepan have a bit more leverage due to their abilities/value to the team. The Rangers have less than $3 million in cap space with 14 forwards on one-way contracts. Stepan could make a case for Ryan Callahan’s six-year, $28.2 million deal.

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Morning Hits II: Pietrangelo, Couture’s thoughts for Kadri, Pitkanen, Hainsey, Lindholm and Mueller

  • Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Alex Pietrangelo’s only leverage in contract talks is his talent. The Blues have leverage on service time, his desire to play in the Olympic and how the Blues are a rising team. They could do a deal ranging from two to eight years. A shorter deal may be in the $3 million range, with a longer deal in the $5.5 to $7 million range. Pietrangelo and the Blues have until December 1st to agree on a deal. The Blues believe a deal will get done and would match any offer sheet. Pietrangelo’s agents are likely comparing with Drew Doughty who got a six-year, $42 million deal. Pietrangelo: 121 points and a +25 in 224 games. Doughty: 126 points and a +16 in 239 games. Blues GM Doug Armstrong wants,

    “to get this done as quickly as possible.” He continued: “We want our fans to know we’re working hard to come to resolution with a player we trust and respect and who wants to be in St. Louis. We don’t’ take it personally. We think Alex understands it’s a business.”

    “We’re going to sign him when we’re comfortable and he’s comfortable — and not before that,” Armstrong said. “It’s not going to be influenced by win-loss record.”

  • Chris Johnston of SportsNet: Sharks Logan Courture thinks that Nazem Kadri should follow what he did when he was in that situation, sign a short-term deal and look to hit a home run on the next deal.

    “I don’t know why he doesn’t just do a two-year deal,” Couture told sportsnet.ca on Thursday during the NHL’s player media tour. “Play and have a good two years like you know you can and then you’ll sign a nice deal after. You’ve just got to be confident that you’re going to have two good years.”

    Couture signed a two-year, $5.75 million in 2012 and signed a five-year, $30 million contract extension this past summer.

    Matt Duchene did something similar and has no regrets about it.

    “At the end of the day, maybe I lost a few bucks at the end of my career in those two years that I could have potentially made if my third year had gone differently,” Duchene said. “But that’s not what I’m about, that’s not what it’s about for me. We’re all making great livings here and it’s not going to make a difference in the way I live my life and my well-being.

    “I’m not too worried about it – the motivation was more beneficial than those extra dollars would have been.”

  • Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer: The long-term future of Joni Pitkanen and his heal injury are still in question and they might have to look at finding a defensive replacement, taking the money that could be available away from bringing in a forward.

    “Especially with Joni’s situation, we have to keep our eyes on how much cap room we have,” Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said Tuesday. “There’s a little more priority for a defenseman.”

    Ron Hainsey is still available and could be a capable replacement for Pitkanen if needed. Hainsey could be still available due to the role he played for the NHLPA during the lockout. Up front, the Hurricanes could use some size, penalty killers, fourth line depth, and a top nine player. The Hurricanes continue to have discussions with Brenden Morrow, Hainsey and others.

    “Until we have an idea how long (Pitkanen) is out, we’ll try to replace him with what we’ve got,” Rutherford said. “We’re pretty sure he’s not going to be starting the season.”

  • Mike Morreale: Hurricanes 2013 1st round pick Elias Lindholm’s shoulder is almost ready for game action.
  • Dobber Hockey: Peter Meuller signed with the Kloten Flyers of the Swiss League.

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Free Agent Hits: Kadri, Franson, Pietrangelo, Whitney and Brunner

  • Mark Masters: Maple Leafs RFA Nazem Kadri on if he wants to clear the air about his contract status: ’Um, not really. I just want something that’s fair, that’s all.’ On if he’s willing to holdout: ’If that’s what it takes. I don’t want to.’ On reports of salary numbers that he’s after:  ‘I just don’t know where those numbers are coming from to be honest … not many people know the truth’
  • Mark Masters: Maple Leafs RFA Cody Franson on his contract situation: ’It’s not frustrating. It’s part of the business … I’m preparing as if noting is wrong.’
  • Andy Strickland: Blues GM Doug Armstrong said both the Blues and Alex Pietrangelo would likely do something that both sides are uncomfortable with. There is no guarantee that a deal will be reached by the start of training camp.
  • Lou Korac: Armstrong on an offer sheet for Pietrangelo: ”We’ve kept enough cap space to address any team that thinks that they can poach him from us; that won’t happen.”
  • Andy Strickland: Blues coach Ken Hitchcock on when players are in a contract dispute: 1) they eventually arrive 2) can’t coach players who aren’t there.
  • Andy Strickland: Armstrong hinted that they could add a defenseman on a PTO if Pietrangelo remains unsigned. Bob McKenzie: Speculation is that Ryan Whitney could be brought in.
  • The Fourth Period: According to a Swiss newspaper, Damien Brunner could end up signing with EV Zug of the Swiss National A league if he’s not able to get an NHL deal. He could spend this season in Switzerland. He could sign a ‘game-by-game agreement’ that has an out clause for him to return to the NHL.

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