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Golden Knights ink Alex Pietrangelo to 7-year deal

Alex Pietrangelo is leaving St. Louis after agreeing to a $61.6 million seven-year deal with Vegas. Jeff Roberson  Associated Press Alex Pietrangelo is leaving St. Louis after agreeing to a $61.6 million seven-year deal with Vegas. Jeff Roberson Associated Press
Cary Erickson | 17 October, 2020, 13:56

The Vegas Golden Knights have signed former St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, one of the top players available in free agency this off-season, to a seven-year contract, the team announced Monday.

Pietrangelo will count $8.8 million against the salary cap through 2027 and the deal includes a full no-movement clause.

Pietrangelo, who served as the Blues' captain since 2016, posted a career-high 16 goals and totalled 52 points through 70 games in 2019-20.

The 6-foot-3 rearguard is also a proven victor. He has only played with St. Louis in his National Hockey League career and helped the team win its first Stanley Cup in 2019. "If I had to describe, I'd say he's gonna go on as one of the best Blues ever".

The Golden Knights and Alex Pietrangelo have worked out a seven-year, $61.6 million contract. The team made progress there later Monday by trading defenseman Nate Schmidt, who is signed through 2024-25 with an annual cap hit of $5.95 million, to the Vancouver Canucks for a 2022 third-round draft choice. He had a postseason-best 16 assists and averaged nearly 26 minutes of ice time during the Blues' Cup run.

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Pietrangelo certainly upgrades the Golden Knights' blue line, though changes are coming to their roster. He added a goal and five assists in nine playoff games this year. His 24:11 minutes of ice time led the Blues this season, and marked the ninth straight season Pietrangelo has averaged more than 24 minutes per night.

"He has been a stalwart player for us, for this team for a number of years", Armstrong said. "It's not the first time, it won't be the last time this happens in the National Hockey League". Krug was the other, and winger Mike Hoffman is the top player left on the market after a 29-goal, 59-point season with the Florida Panthers.

"The game, business and job I have requires hard decisions on really good people".

St. Louis general manager Doug Armstrong said Pietrangelo's legacy in St. Louis would endure.