St. Louis, MO, United States (4E Sports) – The St. Louis Blues has signed its top-end defenseman Alex Pietrangelo to a seven-year contract worth $45.5 million Friday.
Pietrangelo will make $5 million this season, $5.5 million in 2014-15, $6.5 million in 2015-16, $7 million in each of the next three seasons, and $7.5 million in 2019-20.
“Really excited to be a part of Blues organization for the next 7 years,” Pietrangelo wrote on his verified Twitter account (@apetro_27).
Blues general manager Doug Armstrong was just as excited to be able to lock in Pietrangelo for seven years.
“I view him as a potential Norris Trophy winner, I view him as someone who can dominate a game,” said Armstrong. “He has the ability to play half the game, he touches every aspect of our team, power play, penalty killing. He has leadership qualities, he’s played internationally and done very well.”
Armstrong added that while defense is a position that’s a little slower to mature at, that’s what Pietrangelo has accomplished.
Pietrangelo, 23, completed his three-year, $9.675 million entry-level contract last season and missed the opening of training camp after the sides could not come to terms on an agreement Tuesday night.
He was said to be seeking a contract similar to Drew Doughty’s with the Los Angeles Kings who has an eight-year, $56 million contract, that has an average annual value of $7 million.
Pietrangelo and Doughty are represented by Don Meehan of Newport Sports and came from the 2008 NHL Draft class, with Doughty being picked second pick and Pietrangelo was fourth.
Blues general manager Doug Armstrong and Pietrangelo’s camp were were able to come to terms on a long-term contract THursday that will take Pietrangelo three years into unrestricted free agent status.
The sides split the difference in dollar amount and completed the details Friday.