Las Vegas 'Misfits' No More, Golden Knights Now Expected To Win

Ross Houston
October 17, 2020

The Blues signed former Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug to a $45.5 million, seven-year contract Friday, essentially ruling them out of keeping Pietrangelo after more than a year's worth of negotiations couldn't amount to an agreement. It's the fifth-biggest cap hit for a defenseman in the National Hockey League.

The addition of Pietrangelo forced Vegas to make a trade to deal with their salary cap crunch.

Before finalizing Pietrangelo's contract, the Golden Knights traded defenseman Nate Schmidt to the Vancouver Canucks for a 2022 third-round pick. "If I had to describe, I'd say he's gonna go on as one of the best Blues ever".

The 30-year-old spent his entire career with the St. Louis Blues after being drafted with the No. 4 pick in the 2008 NHL Draft, and helped guide the team to its first Stanley Cup in franchise history in 2019.

Schmidt, from St. Cloud, Minn., has produced 29 goals and 140 points in 368 career regular-season games over seven National Hockey League seasons split between Vegas and the Washington Capitals, who signed him as a free agent in 2013 following three seasons at the University of Minnesota. Pietrangelo has a lifetime plus-77 rating and averaged at least 22 minutes of ice time in each of the past 10 seasons.

He has five years remaining on a six-year, US$35.7 million contract that carries a $5.95 million annual salary cap hit. Wallmark's cap number is $950,000.

Pietrangelo will now form one of the NHL's very best one-two punches on the Vegas blue line alongside breakout star Shea Theodore.

While the Colorado Avalanche might have an argument, scoring Pietrangelo is a move that could very well elevate the Golden Knights from beyond contender to clear favourite in the Western Conference, and possibly for the Stanley Cup.

For the Vegas Golden Knights, it was a successful - but expensive - courtship. Kahkonen will enter training camp behind Talbot and Alex Stalock on the depth chart. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code. Lafrenière, as expected, won't return to Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, which has started its season, and General Manager Jeff Gorton hopes to get him to the NY area by early November to begin training for next season.

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