Pietrangelo signed a $61.6 million, seven-year deal with Vegas on Monday that brings an $8.8 million yearly salary cap hit through 2027. Basic supervisor Kelly McCrimmon stated the front workplace knew that going in and devoted to making it occur to sign Pietrangelo. "He's one of the leading four or 5 defenceman in the video game,"

McCrimmon stated of Pietrangelo. Pietrangelo leaves the St. Louis Blues after serving as captain of their 2019 Stanley Cup champion team. The Blues signed previous Boston Bruins defenceman 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 a contract.

Alex Pietrangelo is Vegas bound, and the Golden Knights are shuffling the deck to fit him in.

Pietrangelo signed a $61.6 million, seven-year handle Vegas on Monday that brings an $8.8 million yearly income cap hit through 2027. It's the fifth-biggest cap hit for a defenceman in the NHL.Adding the top totally free representative readily available offers Vegas another big-money talent, but the team required to make another transfer to shed income just to include him. Basic supervisor Kelly McCrimmon said the front office knew that entering and committed to making it take place to sign Pietrangelo."When we looked at chances to enhance our group, we had what we believed was an extraordinary uncommon opportunity to add a defenceman, an elite player, like Alex to our group, "McCrimmon said." We forecasted what an agreement would be for Alex and after that at the end of that process asked ourselves,'Does this make us a much better team? Does it enhance our chances of winning?'Our company believe quite strongly that it does."Vegas sheds wage by trading Schmidt Before completing Pietrangelo's agreement, the Golden Knights traded defenceman Nate Schmidt to the Vancouver Canucks for a 2022 third-round pick, clearing his$ 5.95 million cap hit off the books. McCrimmon stated this was the only situation in which Vegas would have considered trading Schmidt, and Vancouver became the beneficiary. "Nate has actually been one of the top defencemen in our division in the last few years,"Canucks GM Jim Benning stated."He's a dynamic gamer who competes

hard all over the ice. I think he will be a really excellent fit in our group." After already sending centre Paul Stastny to Winnipeg, the team likely requirements to make some other trade to become cap compliant, which McCrimmon assured will be

the case come opening day. That move will not be a trade of goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, even after committing long term to Robin Lehner, who is anticipated to be prepared for training school after undergoing clean-up shoulder surgical treatment this week. "We see the goaltending position being extremely crucial this year, "McCrimmon said. "Marc and Robin are going to be our goaltenders as we enter into the off-season, into training camp and into the season." After signing Pietrangelo and trading Nate Schmidt the Golden Knights have$81,624,105 in cap committed to 2020-21 according to @CapFriendly(Not counting Carl Dahlstrom who I think will begin in AHL ). That suggests they are still $124,105 over the cap.—@JesseGranger_ Goaltending wasn't the Golden objectives despite the season being cut short at 70 video games.

&He finished 4th in Norris Trophy voting and is one of the best right-shooting defencemen in the league, so

including him does make Vegas better, even at the cost of trading a popular colleague in Schmidt. "He's one of the top four or five defenceman in the game,"

McCrimmon stated of Pietrangelo."He's the first over the boards in every situation for his team. Pietrangelo leaves the St. Louis Blues after functioning as captain of their 2019 Stanley Cup champion group. He has 109 objectives and 341 helps for 450 points in 758 regular-season NHL video games and had a post-season-best 16 assists and averaged practically 26 minutes of ice time during the Blues'Cup run.'One of the finest Blues ever '" He has actually been a stalwart gamer for us, for this team for a number

of years,"Blues basic manager Doug Armstrong stated Friday night."A huge part of a championship-calibre group. He's going to go down up until now as one of the best Blues ever."St. Louis moved on from Pietrangelo, a homegrown possibility who was the No. 4 choice in the 2008 draft, before he did. The Blues signed former Boston Bruins defenceman Torey Krug to a$45.5 million, seven-year agreement Friday, essentially ruling them out of keeping Pietrangelo after more than a year's worth of negotiations couldn't amount to an agreement."We couldn't find something that made everyone comfy,"Armstrong said." It's not the very first time, it won't be the last time this takes place in the NHL. You simply want it didn't occur because of the desire and the regard we had to keep Alex here."Pietrangelo became the last of the top-tier complimentary representatives to find a landing area, after Taylor Hall signed an$8 million, 1 year offer with the Buffalo Sabres on Monday. Krug was the other, and winger Mike Hoffman is the top gamer left on the market after a 29-goal,

59-point season with the Florida Panthers. Hall took the opposite technique of Pietrangelo and Krug with the cap remaining flat amidst pandemic-ravaged profits. "We knew it was going to be an unique market entering totally free firm," Hall stated Tuesday."Once complimentary firm began, I believe we were warned pretty rapidly at how much things had actually altered and how COVID had actually impacted a lot of various things. So, it type of changed our decision-making from there." Pietrangelo had actually desired to stick with St. Louis, but the finalizing of Krug modified his decision-making. The Toronto area native flew to Las Vegas on Saturday to fulfill with the Golden Knights brass and owner Bill Foley, a go to that paved the way for this agreement.

"It was clear to see how anxious he is to continue to win," McCrimmon said. "He made the remark that winning a Stanley Cup has made him even hungrier to do it once again, so the dedication to winning is definitely a really huge factor in his picking to come here for the next phase of his profession."