When Alex Pietrangelo agreed to a seven-year deal with the Vegas Golden Knights on Monday, many believed a trade would occur in order to clear cap space.
And that’s exactly what happened.
Vegas needed to get rid of about $2.1 million, and the Golden Knights did so by trading Nate Schmidt to the Vancouver Canucks for a third-round draft pick in 2022.
It seemed as if Schmidt was going to head to the Florida Panthers when St. Louis Blues rinkside reporter Andy Strickland reported the team was trying to acquire him.
Vegas wasted no time welcoming its newest member.
Pietrangelo certainly boosts the Golden Knights’ blue line, who fell just shy of this year’s Stanley Cup Final.