Canucks acquire defenceman Nate Schmidt from Vegas for 2022 third-round pick

Paola Ditto
Ottobre 17, 2020

Pietrangelo will count $8.8 million against the salary cap through 2027 and the deal includes a full no-movement clause. The team made progress there later Monday by trading defenseman Nate Schmidt, who is signed through 2024-25 with an annual cap hit of $5.95 million, to the Vancouver Canucks for a 2022 third-round draft choice.

Pietrangelo certainly upgrades the Golden Knights' blue line, though changes are coming to their roster.

"When we looked at opportunities to improve our team, we saw a rare opportunity to add an elite player like Alex to our team", Golden Knights general manager Kelly McCrimmon said in a statement Monday. Generally, these players don't make it to the market. "I think he will be a really good fit in our group". I've never worked with a finer man in my career than Nate Schmidt.

The 30-year-old spent his entire career with the St. Louis Blues after being drafted with the No. 4 pick in the 2008 NHL Draft, and helped guide the team to its first Stanley Cup in franchise history in 2019. "There's no good or bad person in this". He also served as the Blues' team captain since 2016. While there are many contributing factors - including the Blues signing Torey Krug to a massive deal on the first day of free agency - it still does seem unusual that the relationship between the Blues and Pietrangelo soured in the manner that it did given his deep roots with the franchise and community. "It's just the business side of it".

Schmidt, from St. Cloud, Minn., has produced 29 goals and 140 points in 368 career regular-season games over seven National Hockey League seasons split between Vegas and the Washington Capitals, who signed him as a free agent in 2013 following three seasons at the University of Minnesota. He added a goal and five assists in nine playoff games this year.

Pietrangelo has recorded 109 goals and 341 assists in 758 career regular-season games.

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