With word that the St. Louis Blues have already told captain Alex Pietrangelo to see what he can get on the free agent market, we now have an idea of what the team offered the defenceman. According to Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic, there was a raise involved.

"The Blues’ current offer is $7.7 million AAV, but Pietrangelo has been asked to accept the AAV without knowing the structure of the deal," said Rutherford.

Pietrangelo is coming off a contract that paid him an AAV of $6.5 million. For those unfamiliar with how NHL contracts work, The average annual value (AAV) is the yearly average of the total amount of salary offered. For the sake of simplicity, let's say Pietrangelo was offered $15.4 million over two years (the actual offer is almost certainly for longer than that), the AAV would be $7.7 million. That would also be the cap hit for the Blues. However, the contract could be structure as such that Pietrangelo would get a salary of, say. $5.4 million in the first year and $10 million the second, or any variation of that. If Pietrangelo was truly asked to accept the deal without knowing how the salary would be structured, it's not really surprising that he wouldn't accept, hence the Blues suggestion that he see what he can get on the market.

As for what Pietrangelo wanted, "Hearing Pietrangelo camp had come in as high as $9.25 mill, just above the contract of Preds Dman Roman Josi of $9.059 AAV. Josi also has $34 million in signing bonuses built into the first four years of his deal," said Andy Strickland of Fox Sports.

Pietrangelo, 30, has been with St. Louis since being drafted 4th overall by the team in 2008. If he hits the market, there will be several offers and there will most likely be contracts coming in at higher than $7.7 million AAV. That said, Rutherford adds he spoke to Pietrangelo Friday night and the blueliner hasn't ruled out a new deal with the Blues. However, he is planning to hit free agency on October 9th to see what offers he gets.

SEPTEMBER 19, 2020  (11H36)