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Sports Getting extension done for Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo could take time

23:10  19 october  2019
23:10  19 october  2019 Source:   prohockeyrumors.com

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Alex Pietrangelo wearing a blue hat © Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

With center Brayden Schenn’s extension getting done so quickly in St. Louis, some wondered if the Blues would also be getting something done soon with defenseman and captain Alex Pietrangelo. In an appearance on Sportsnet 650 (audio link), Fox Sports Midwest’s Andy Strickland provided an update on the situation, noting that Blues GM Doug Armstrong wanted to get a Pietrangelo deal done several weeks ago.

Alex Pietrangelo wearing a blue hat © Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

However, an asking price around the $9M per-year range appears to be too steep for the Blues. Also, Strickland notes that Pietrangelo’s representatives tend to stay away from a lot of early extensions in the hopes that getting closer to a firm deadline will work out to the benefit of their clients.  

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With that in mind, it may be a while yet before something gets done.

There is more to report from the Central Division:

  • Don’t expect the Dallas Stars to be making a big trade to shake things up. Speaking with NHL.com’s Mike Zeisberger, GM Jim Nill indicated that while he’s looking to see what’s available, trade talk around the league is minimal at the moment.  Dallas is off to a rough start with a 1-7-1 record through their first nine games.  With center Martin Hanzal on LTIR and not expected to play this season, the team does have some payroll flexibility to work with if they want to add someone once the trade market picks up.
  • The third defense pairing in Nashville has been a concern in the early going this season but Adam Vingan of The Athletic suggests (subscription required) that it’s unlikely the Predators make a move in the near future to try to shore things up. The players that would be available at this point wouldn’t move the needle much, Vingan says. Nashville's in-house options could be tried at some point (offseason acquisition Steven Santini would likely get a chance) to see if that improves things. The team has ample cap room to try to make a move at some point if a notable upgrade becomes available, but knowing that defenseman Roman Josi’s new deal is in the works, they may have to focus on the rental market, which doesn’t really pick up until later in the season.

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Travis Hamonic will not negotiate extension with Flames during season .
Hamonic isn’t a big offensive presence on the blueline but he has been considered one of the better shutdown options for years now. The right-handed defenseman now has 600 regular-season games under his belt and is logging close to 22 minutes a night for the Flames. That includes more than four minutes of short-handed ice time, something teams are always looking to improve at the deadline.

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