Losing teams attract trade vultures, and Doug Armstrong will have some key decisions to make in the coming months.
During the Saturday Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada, Nick Kypreos had wondered about Alex Pietrangelo potentially being a fit for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Elliotte Friedman then had a Monday afternoon radio hit on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960, and was asked if Pietrangelo was a player that could move at some point.
“Nick was specifically linking him to Toronto, but I do think Nick’s onto something there. I do,” indicated Friedman. “St. Louis, that whole organization right now, it’s like they’re sitting there and they’re like, ‘What the hell happened?’
“Some years you go into a season and you know you’re not going to be very good. And other times you go into a season and you think, ‘We have a chance to be good, or we’re hoping we’re good,’ and this happens and you’re kind of sitting there and you’re saying, ‘What the hell. How did this happen. We weren’t expecting this.’
“And that’s where St. Louis is right now. They were never expecting that this was going to be the case. So I think that’s kind of where they are, and I think they’re kind of listening on just about anything.
“Look, I’ve talked about Tarasenko. His no-trade kicks in July 1. P.K. Subban, you saw what happened in Montreal. To think that this couldn’t be a possibility - I think you have to think it could be a possibility.
“I think in Pietrangelo’s case, he is up for an extension this year, July 1. He’s got one more year left on his contract. And I think you’re kidding yourself if you’re not sitting there and thinking… hey, St. Louis has to think, ‘What if we blow it up and start over again.’
“Should we be asking ourselves, ‘Hey, forget about Pietrangelo as a player. Does it make sense to do this, to invest what we’re going to have to invest to keep him.’
“And I think that’s the question they’re asking. And I think Nick is absolutely right. But I don’t think it’s a guarantee, I just think it’s something they’re considering.”
Tarasenko is in the fourth season of an eight-year, $60 million contract, which counts for a $7.5 million cap hit.
As Friedman noted, that no-trade clause - which will carry through the final four years of the pact - kicks in July 1.
Pietrangelo’s seven-year, $45.5 million contract carries a no-trade clause, and comes with a $6.5 million cap hit.
Contract-related info via CapFriendly