Knights land star defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, send Nate Schmidt to Vancouver

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – The Vegas Golden Knights have traded defenseman Nate Schmidt to the Vancouver Canucks. The trade created room for another star: defenseman Alex Pietrangelo.

The rumors were hot and heavy over the weekend as the Knights entertained Pietrangelo, hoping to sign him to a long term deal.

That deal is now done.

In exchange for Schmidt, the Knights acquired a third-round draft selection in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft.

Hockey insider Pierre LeBrun says it’s a done deal and the former St. Louis Blues defenseman will be going to the Vegas Golden Knights with a 7 year contract for $8.8 million per year.

TSN also reporting that this is a done deal.

The Knights are still looking at making more moves this off-season. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has been mentioned in trade deals to make room in the salary cap for Pietrangelo and possibly other players.

Pietrangelo is 30 years old and is a right-handed defenseman who is recognized as one of the NHL’s best. “Petro” as he is known, has spent his entire caree with the St. Louis Blues where he won a Stanley Cup in 2019. In 758 games he has 109 goals with 341 assists. “Petro” has made the NHL All-Star team in 2018 and 2020.

There is no official word from the Knights on the signing.

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