Golden Knights sign ex-Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo to 7-year deal

Ruben Hill
October 16, 2020

Pietrangelo signed a $61.6 million, seven-year deal with Vegas on Monday that carries an $8.8 million annual salary cap hit through 2027.

The 30-year-old was considered the top UFA on the open market. Pietrangelo led all playoff players in assists during his Cup run, scored a career-high 16 goals last season and was fourth in voting for the Norris Trophy as the league's best on the blue line. He's been durable, too, playing at least 70 contests per season (excluding the shortened 2012-13 campaign). He captained the Blues to a Stanley Cup in 2019, won an Olympic gold medal with Team Canada in 2014, a World Cup title in 2016, and a world junior gold in 2009.

"When we looked at opportunities to improve our team, we saw a rare opportunity to add an elite player like Alex to our team", Golden Knights general manager Kelly McCrimmon said in a statement Monday.

A team that iced a blue line of Schmidt, Brayden McNabb, a young Shea Theodore, Deryk Engelland, Luca Sbisa and Colin Miller for Game 1 of the 2018 final - the biggest win in the organization's history - now has Cup winners Pietrangelo and Alec Martinez making nearly $13 million and Theodore in the discussion as one of the best defensemen in hockey.

The addition of Pietrangelo forced Vegas to make a trade to deal with their salary cap crunch. I think it's going to push me to become a better player.

Pietrangelo was believed to be offered $64 million over eight seasons to remain with the Blues, who would undoubtedly raise his No. 27 sweater to the rafters one day had he signed the agreement that would have kept him with the franchise for two decades. Alex Pietrangelo and the Golden Knights got a deal done. He added one goal and five assists in nine postseason games. "A huge part of a championship-caliber team". He had a postseason-best 16 assists and averaged nearly 26 minutes of ice time during the Blues' Cup run. "It's not the first time, it won't be the last time this happens in the National Hockey League".

"We couldn't find something that made everyone comfortable", Armstrong said. "You just wish it didn't happen because of the respect and the desire we had to keep Alex here". He spent 12 years with the Blues, tallying 450 points (109 goals, 341 assists) in 758 games.

Hall took the opposite approach of Pietrangelo and Krug with the cap staying flat amid pandemic-ravaged revenues. "So, it kind of changed our decision-making from there".

Talking with Foley and seeing the other moves the Golden Knights have made to move into perennial Cup contention convinced Pietrangelo to put St. Louis in his past and sign with Vegas.

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