ST. LOUIS — The Blues and Alex Pietrangelo, one of the top offensive defensemen in the league, agreed on a seven-year, $45.5 million contract with a no-trade clause over the final three years, ending a brief holdout.
The deal was announced Friday, one day after the first training camp practice.
"Really excited to be a part of Blues organization for the next 7 years. Excited for the opportunity." Pietrangelo, 23 and the fourth overall pick of the 2008 draft, posted on Twitter.
The Blues had hoped to get a deal before training camp, but talks briefly broke down. Negotiations resumed Thursday, and "we were able to wrap up all the loose ends that were there," general manager Doug Armstrong said.
Pietrangelo will average $6.5 million on a deal that will gradually escalate, making $5 million this season and peaking at $7.5 million in the final season.
Blackhawks: All-Star forward Jonathan Toews practiced but sat out a scrimmage to rest a lower-body injury as a precaution, coach Joel Quenneville said.
Devils: Jaromir Jagr, 41, didn't scrimmage a day after leaving practice with what he and the team called general soreness, and he won't rejoin the team until he is 100 percent, general manager Lou Lamoriello said. "But we're not concerned," he said.
Stars: Forward Rich Peverley will miss three weeks after having a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat. The problem was discovered during a physical Wednesday. Doctors decided on the procedure after more tests Thursday.