CALGARY -- The cost of insuring the roughly $1.5 billion in contracts among the players attending Canada's Olympic orientation camp this week is the reason why they're not on the ice. Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo doesn't have a contract to insure just yet.
Pietrangelo is still a restricted free agent for the St. Louis Blues, who are set to open training camp in less than three weeks. He's coming off his three-year entry-level contract and said Monday that he's been operating under the assumption that he and his agent, Don Meehan of Newport Sports, will strike a deal with the Blues so he can be in training camp on time.
"I've just kind of been moving forward as if I'm going to start the season like a regular year," Pietrangelo said. "I've been working hard all summer, trying to put it behind me here for this week and trying to enjoy this process and, you now, hopefully something gets done here in the short term."
Pietrangelo didn't want to dive too deep into the details of the ongoing negotiations, but he did call it an "interesting" process to go through and labeled it "a good learning experience.
"But like I said," he continued, "I think both sides hope it gets done soon."
Pietrangelo had 24 points in 47 games last season after piling up 51 points in 81 games in 2011-12. He had 43 points in 79 games as a rookie in 2010-11.