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By Sports Desk August 27, 2020

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  • Golden Knights sign Blues star Pietrangelo to seven-year, $61.6m deal in blockbuster move Golden Knights sign Blues star Pietrangelo to seven-year, $61.6m deal in blockbuster move

    The Vegas Golden Knights have signed prized free agent and Stanley Cup champion Alex Pietrangelo on a seven-year, $61.6million deal. 

    Former St Louis Blues captain Pietrangelo was at the top of the free-agent list and the Golden Knights confirmed his lucrative arrival on Monday.

    Pietrangelo, who served as Blues skipper since 2016 and helped the franchise to their first Stanley Cup in 2019, will earn an annual salary of $8.8m.

    An elite defenseman and two-time All-Star, Pietrangelo posted 52 points in 70 games during the coronavirus-hit 2019-20 season, while he has recorded 450 points in 758 career games – all with the Blues.

    "With Alex, we get a guy that's in the discussion for the Norris Trophy each year," Vegas general manager Kelly McCrimmon said.

    "He's one of the top four or five defensemen in the game. He's the first over the boards in every situation for his team. ... He's a four-year captain [with St Louis]. He's extremely high-character, very committed to winning, Stanley Cup champion.

    "Right shot. He's 6-foot-3, brings great size [210 pounds] to our blue line. And again, we wouldn't have gone to these lengths for anyone but a player that we think can do as much for our team as Alex can."

    The Golden Knights traded defenseman Nate Schmidt to the Vancouver Canucks for a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft to help clear cap space ahead of Pietrangelo's arrival.

    Pietrangelo was selected in the first round of the 2008 draft and has amassed 109 goals and 341 assists during that period with the Blues.

    The 30-year-old has also scored 51 points – eight goals and 43 assists – in 92 playoff games throughout his career, posting 19 points en route to the Blues' Stanley Cup success last year.

    Vegas, who reached the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season of 2017-18, reached the 2019-20 Western Conference finals but lost to the Dallas Stars.

  • Lightning win first Stanley Cup since 2004 Lightning win first Stanley Cup since 2004

    The Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup for the first time since 2004 after a Game 6 victory over the Dallas Stars on Monday.

    Brayden Point and Blake Coleman scored as Tampa Bay recorded a 2-0 victory at Rogers Place in Edmonton to win their second Stanley Cup thanks to a 4-2 series success.

    After scoring 10 goals and providing 12 assists in 25 games, Victor Hedman won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoffs MVP.

    "It's the best moment of our hockey lives," the defenseman said, via NHL.com.

    "So many emotions. It's going to take months for it to sink in, but we're going to be champions forever, we're going to be on that Cup forever.

    "It's what you imagine all your life."

    Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy made 22 saves in Game 6 to earn the shutout.

  • Capitals star Holtby expected to enter NHL free agency Capitals star Holtby expected to enter NHL free agency

    Washington Capitals star Braden Holtby is expected to enter free agency, according to general manager Brian MacLellan.

    Holtby is coming off the final season of his five-year, $30.5million contract in Washington, where the goaltender helped the Capitals win the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup.

    A five-time All-Star and 2016 Vezina Trophy winner, Holtby made 56 appearances in the regular season and playoffs in 2019-20 as the Capitals bowed out in the first round of the postseason.

    "I would expect him to go to free agency," MacLellan said on Tuesday. "The goalie market is probably a little unusually deep this year.

    "I talked to his agent last week briefly about where he's at and the kind of opportunities he's looking for.

    "I would assume he goes to free agency, and we'll keep in contact with him throughout the free-agency period to see if he's getting what he wants.''

    Holtby has called Washington home since he was drafted by the Capitals in 2008

    The 31-year-old has a 282-122-46 record with the Washington franchise.

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