"Our goal is to try and get Petro signed," general manager Doug Armstrong told reporters in April. "We were gonna need a player like Marco [Scandella], with or without Petro. And now we have that done, but we still want to sign Petro."
The problem: They might not have the cap space to pull it off. The Blues are expected to be near the projected cap when the offseason begins, per CapFriendly, and would probably have to unload at least two players to re-sign Pietrangelo, the top defenseman set to hit the open market.
The 30-year-old won't have a bevy of options, so his next destination will come down to what he wants over the next few years. The Ottawa Senators and New Jersey Devils have the money available to make him a marquee signing, but neither has much in the way of Cup hopes in the near future.
The best answer may be the New York Rangers or Montreal Canadiens, who might not be willing to pony up the same amount of money but do have some space and competitive teams.
Montreal is a strong bet if Pietrangelo wants to return to Canada.
Prediction: Signs with the Canadiens.
G Braden Holtby
This hasn't exactly been the contract year Braden Holtby had in mind.
The Washington Capitals goaltender posted a 25-14-6 record with a 3.11 goals-against average and .897 save percentage during the regular season, with the latter two stats being career-worst numbers.
While there is still time for Holtby to increase his value during the playoffs, his best bet may be taking a one-year contract and returning to Washington in 2020-21.
The overwhelming odds are in favor of the 30-year-old returning to form next season and being able to find a more lucrative deal the following summer.
Prediction: Stays with the Capitals.