Did the Golden Knights Sacrifice Too Much to Get Alex Pietrangelo?

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Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports

Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports

Pieces quickly slid into place on various NHL bluelines from the moment 2020 free agency opened Oct. 9, and the Alex Pietrangelo suitors began disappearing. The St. Louis Blues, the team he captained to a Stanley Cup, the team he’d spent his entire career with since being drafted in 2008, walked away and inked Torey Krug. The Toronto Maple Leafs signed T.J. Brodie. Meanwhile, the Vegas Golden Knights were moving mountains – a.k.a. cap space – to show their interest in Pietrangelo, sending Paul Stastny’s $6.5-million cap hit to the Winnipeg Jets. With the other landing spots dropping out of the race, Vegas Golden Knights quickly became an inevitability for Pietrangelo.

After he spent the weekend meeting with the team and exploring the city, it was all but guaranteed he’d end up there, and the news finally dropped Monday night: the Golden Knights have signed Pietrangelo, 30, to a seven-year, $61.6-million contract carrying an $8.8-million cap hit and a full no-movement clause. The deal will make Pietrangelo the fifth-richest defenseman in the NHL on an AAV basis, trailing only Erik Karlsson, Drew Doughty, P.K. Subban and Roman Josi.