Pietrangelo watch ends with reportedly hefty deal for arguably top UFA


The Alex Pietrangelo watch is over.

As it started looking more and more likely, per reports over the past few days, Pietrangelo to the Golden Knights appears like a done deal. The 30-year-old defenseman and Vegas are finalizing a seven-year, $61.6 million contract ($8.8 million average annual value), according to multiple reports Monday night. Per the reports, the deal has a full no-movement clause.

The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun first reported the deal.

Pietrangelo, the former Blues captain, is a two-time All-Star, Stanley Cup champion and do-it-all blueliner. In the last four seasons, Pietrangelo has 58 goals, 137 assists and a plus-24 rating. Over that span, only two defensemen (Brent Burns and Dougie Hamilton) have scored more goals than Pietrangelo.

For multiple reasons, the Flyers were highly unlikely to land Pietrangelo or even seriously pursue him. It's unknown if they expressed interest.

The Flyers on Monday signed defenseman Erik Gustafsson.