It's rare that an NHL team let's it's captain hit the free agent market, however all things point to that happening this year.
We've heard plenty of chatter that things aren't going well when it comes to negotiations between the St. Louis Blues and Alex Pietrangelo and the defenseman confirmed it himself.
While speaking to NHL insider Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic, the defenseman said he was very disappointed in how things are going.
"It's been a little disappointing that we haven't been able to get a deal done, obviously," Pietrangelo said. "But this is the situation that we're in, we're over three weeks away from Oct. 9 (the beginning of free agency). ... There hasn't been much in terms of progress."
"Yeah, I mean, there's players who have been in one spot their whole career but they change cities," Pietrangelo said. "I've been in the business a long time. I've been around. I've seen a lot of different things. I think you have to be willing to accept the fact that there may be a change one day. Whether it happens or not, it certainly changes your mindset and makes things a little easier if you ever get to that point."
The veteran defenseman will likely get the biggest contract handed out this offseason probably even bigger than former Hart Trophy winner Taylor Hall's.
Alex Pietrangelo and Ryan Miller, two polar opposites on the free-agent spectrum, and yet a tough decision awaits for each. Spoke to both pending UFAs about the weeks ahead, and for Pietrangelo, there's a little disappointment he isn't re-signed:https://t.co/WsGyjLm7aS
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) September 14, 2020