Pietrangelo and the Golden Knights agreed to a seven-year contract worth $8.8 million annually Monday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports. One of the most coveted free agents of the 2020 offseason, Pietrangelo has finally reached an agreement and is headed to Vegas. The 30-year-old blueliner has scored at least 40 points in each of the last four seasons, including 52 with a career-high 16 goals during the 2019-20 campaign. Last season was also his third top-five finish in Norris Trophy voting.
Pietrangelo and the Golden Knights are closing in on a deal, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports. Nothing is set in stone yet, but even Blues GM Doug Armstrong has admitted that it's "looking like" the team is done with free-agent signings, according to Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The Golden Knights would be an excellent fit for Pietrangelo, as they've been perrenial contenders since entering the league. The 30-year-old blueliner can handle a major workload, as he averaged 24:11 of ice time while recording 52 points through 70 contests last season. The contract could be finalized as early as Sunday night.
Pietrangelo is traveling to Vegas to meet with the Golden Knights, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports. Under normal circumstances, this type of visit would have occurred in the interview period before free agency opened. Instead, Pietrangelo will hear the club's best offer as he decides where he wants to play next season. In 14 playoff appearances, the blueliner garnered four goals and five helpers, including five points scored with the man advantage. With the Golden Knights, Pietrangelo could unseat Shea Theodore on the No. 1 power-play unit, unless coach Pete DeBoer wants to utilize both defensemen.
According to Darren Dreger of TSN, Pietrangelo and the Blues have cut off their contract negotiations. Of course, nothing is set in stone as there are still approximately three weeks before Pietrangelo would hit the open market, but this could have a huge league-wide impact this offseason. Should he become an unrestricted free agent, the 30-year-old blueliner would be one of the most sought-after names available on the market. If the contract talks truly are finished, expect the Blues to shop his rights around over the next few weeks.
Pietrangelo had an assist and three shots on goal in Friday's 6-2 loss to the Canucks in Game 6. Pietrangelo had the secondary assist on Jaden Schwartz's second goal of the game. In six games during the series, Pietrangelo mustered a goal and five helpers, accounting for all of his offense during the playoffs. The 30-year-old blueliner is an unrestricted free agent ahead of the 2020-21 campaign. He's averaged nearly 49 points per 82 games over 12 years with the Blues.
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