HAZELWOOD, Mo. -- Alex Pietrangelo was all smiles Saturday morning, and for good reason.
As recently as Thursday, the St. Louis Blues defenseman was having a hard time hearing news about his teammates skating on the ice together in St. Louis while he sat back wondering if a contract he and the Blues felt comfortable with would get consummated in a timely manner.
So instead of dragging himself and the Blues through a long, drawn out and a potentially uncomfortable situation by going through any sort of prolonged period without a deal, he sat at a table with general manager Doug Armstrong with plenty of reason to feel good.
Pietrangelo put the finishing touches on the seven-year, $45.5 million contract he and the Blues agreed to Friday by applying his signature Saturday morning before taking the ice for his first training camp practice.