Top Five Free-Agent Destinations for Alex Pietrangelo

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The Alex Pietrangelo contract negotiation is far more interesting – and far more public – than many of us would’ve expected even a few weeks ago.

It was clear the St. Louis Blues would have to move a lot of money around to fit their captain on the payroll, but that process had already begun when GM Doug Armstrong sent goaltender Jake Allen to the Montreal Canadiens earlier this month, clearing a $4.35-million cap hit from the books. Still, the work wasn’t done. Even after the Allen move, the Blues barely cleared $5 million in cap space.