Exactly. At this point, it's about patience. With the new salary setups in the NHL, there's not really a template for Petro. The Blues have their own template (the bridge contracts that other teams are starting to utilize), but Petro doesn't really fit in, and that's where the issue lies. I saw someone comment on a P-D article the other day that the Blues should give Petro a 4-5 year deal worth 4 mil a year and then see where Petro is at.
One problem: no chance in Hades that Petro accepts that deal. He's hitting his prime money making years. He's a consensus 'future Norris winner.' He's the backbone of our D and he's only, what, 23? I can't blame him and his agent for seeking a max length deal for 7 per. If they're going to commit to the Blues, they want the Blues to financially commit to them. If this is an 8 year deal, that takes Petro up to 31. That means he misses free agency in the prime years and doesn't hit until he will start to exit those years (ala Albert Pujols). That hasn't stopped NHL teams from flinging money at guys at that age, but still, from Petro's perspective, he wants to make it (financially) worth his while to sign the dotted line for the rest of his 20's.
If Petro won't sign for less than $7 million per...then he can go (Frank) himself. He hasn't earned that kind of contract yet.
It's not about what he's earned, it's what he (or his agent) thinks he will be worth over the length of the contract.
Right now ain't worth 7m. He hasn't turned the corner, he hasn't won a Norris and if he continues from last year, he'll never win a Norris and may very well end up the next Eric Brewer.
If he's that damn good, why hasn't other teams put up an offer sheet for him? If he's as amazing as we make him out to be, Chicago or Detroit or hell, even the Rangers would throw one at him. It's simple: He's not. Subban has the Norris. Pie doesn't and hasn't played like he deserves one save a brief moment.
Army surely isn't paying 7 or 6 for Pie. We need Pie to prove it and we got the guns to stand our ground. Pie would have a hard time getting another team to buy into the nonsense that his agent is trying to get Army to buy into. We'd offer 5m, I'm pretty sure about that. Any other team, 3m. Sorry, that's the reality.
As Blues fans, we continue to do that one thing we've always done: Base people on past success. Yeah, he was a contender for the Norris how many years ago? How is he now? He's still blossoming seems to be everyone's take on it, so he gets still blossoming pay, not Elite pay.
If his Agent can't get that, then either Pie needs to fire his agent or find another team to play on. I'd rather take a chance on a rookie who wants to play in the note to play over someone who wants to play for the Note for a big contract. Pie could learn a lot from how Jay Bo handled things. He should pay attention.