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Pietrangelo hopes to remain a Blue

Blues captain will become a free agent in October if new deal is not reached

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

Alex Pietrangelo became the first player to hoist the Stanley Cup above his head while wearing the Blue Note on his chest.

On Tuesday, he said he would very much like the opportunity to do that again.

"I want to stay a Blue, of course I do," Pietrangelo said in a season wrap up interview with reporters over Zoom. "(St. Louis) is the only place I've known in professional hockey. This organization means a lot to me."

The Blues captain signed his last contract in 2013, a seven-year deal that will expire when the Stanley Cup Playoffs wrap up in late September / early October. Without a new deal, Pietrangelo would become perhaps the most coveted free agent on the market when it opens Oct. 9, or seven days after the completion of the Stanley Cup Final.

What would No. 27 look like wearing another team's jersey? That's something Pietrangelo says he hopes he doesn't find out.

Video: Pietrangelo on free agency, 2020 season

"Lots of guys do it, but I hope it doesn't get to that point," he said. "I grew up here, this is the only place I know professionally. The family is here, I grew up here as a player and a person. It's part of the business unfortunately and the situation is what it is. Hopefully that circumstance doesn't happen and we'll see where this thing takes us."

"I've got sister-in-laws, brother-in-laws, nieces and nephews (here), but they understand the business side of things and the situation that we're in," Pietrangelo added. "If this decision wasn't one we weren't thinking hard about, we wouldn't be in this spot. I give my wife credit too for really allowing me to think hard about this because there is a lot of things that need to be taken into consideration moving forward. It's not a fun thing to go through, it's not easy. But when you have a solid base at home - I have my wife and my kids and my wife supports everything I do - it makes the process easier because you can take your time, sit back and evaluate everything that needs to be evaluated to make the right decision."

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