World News – CA – Why, and why not, the Golden Knights should sue Alex Pietrangelo


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One of the more surprising entries into the free agent pool this offseason could be Louis Blues’ St Captain Alex Pietrangelo The defenseman who won the Stanley Cup with St Louis last year did until now not been able to make a new deal with the team

The Vegas Golden Knights are said to be one of the teams in contention for Pietrangelo if he hits the open market on October 9 After a playoff series that ended prematurely compared to the franchise’s likely expectations, they could search for new parts

One of them could very well be Pietrangelo So here are the arguments for and against signing Pietrangelo

The arguments for the Golden Knights to sign Pietrangelo are simple He is one of the best defensemen in the NHL If you can catch a defenseman like Pietrangelo you do. He elevates the game to 5v5 and can also play penalty He’s also been the Blues’ power play quarterback for years

In the regular season, Pietrangelo had 182 goals over substitution and 32 wins over substitution Both were third among defenders Pietrangelo also finished third in expected results with 138 xGAR and 24 xWAR

Pietrangelo has also scored 16 goals and 52 points in 70 regular season games and that kind of production is only seen by one Vegas defenseman. Having both Theodore and Pietrangelo would instantly make Vegas one of the best blue lines in the NHL, and that’s before adding the young talent of the Golden Knights.

The other argument for Pietrangelo is that the Calgary Flames are one of the other options that are supposed to be on him The Golden Knights shouldn’t want Pietrangelo in their division if he doesn’t play for them One way to avoid that is to sign him to the squad

Pietrangelo makes the most sense if Vegas is looking for an Advocate A Number One Advocate like him doesn’t often strike free will and acquiring one in the trade market is often expensive

The first argument against the Golden Knights is this: what would be its role? He’s a 30-year-old defender with experience as a number one, a must-have option and that’s what he’ll look like in his new squad

Problem is, Vegas already has one Shea Theodore looks a lot like Pietrangelo, five years younger He should be the number one option for Vegas for years to come and his playoff performance has put his name even more. far into the conversation Norris He was already there as he finished sixth this season

Theodore also beat Pietrangelo in the expected results Theodore finished second in the league with 142 xGAR and 25 xWAR

Why does Vegas need Pietrangelo then? As an upgrade to the second coupling? To play with Theodore and help him maximize it? Both of these are decent ways to improve the blue line, but there must be cheaper options to accomplish both of these feats.

On the one hand, Alec Martinez performed well alongside Theodore throughout the playoffs and in the brief glimpse the Golden Knights had in the regular season.It is true that the pair needed to be better defensively, especially late in the Vegas vs Dallas race But another season of chemistry and communication between these two could make them better

Theodore is better on the power play than Pietrangelo too The Vegas power play had more shooting attempts (12262-10504), shots on goal (6713-5893), goals expected (779-748) and odds of high danger (2355 to 221) with Théodore on the ice than the Blues with Pietrangelo

Even the Los Angeles Kings (and Golden Knights) did better in shots (6014) and high danger odds (2287) with Martinez on the ice

So he shouldn’t be the first, or maybe even the second option as a quarterback on the blue line This limits what Vegas can do with him at 5v5 and the penalty kick

Pietrangelo has always won first defenseman’s money For Vegas paying this when Pietrangelo plays on second pair and at most on second power play unit is not a smart allocation of the cap Especially when after these playoffs it became clear that defense wasn’t the problem

The Golden Knights have allowed nine goals in five games against Dallas They would have allowed less if Robin Lehner had been better shorthanded in this series Nate Schmidt and Brayden McNabb could have performed better throughout the playoffs But calling a bet to level there at least five million more (in McNabb’s case) is a mistake

The Needed Update Is Offensive Vegas should spend its offseason finding someone who can park up front and help generate a net presence and rebound opportunities Pat Maroon will be available this summer for far under eight million Golden Knights really need a cross and a center to play between Mark Stone and Max Pacioretty

This would allow the Golden Knights to dispatch Paul Stastny, put William Karlsson in the second row with Reilly Smith and Jonathan Marchessault, and allow Cody Glass to join the full-time squad between a likely duo of Alex Tuch and Chandler Stephenson

Pietrangelo not playing center Evgeni Malkin could be available this summer and Pittsburgh reportedly interested in Marc-André Fleury Trade would involve more but it could be a start

It’s much harder to find frontline center talent available, but there are places to look for Phillip Danault, Sean Monahan and Steven Stamkos have all been suggested to potentially be available Each would be a smarter investment and in a real position of need

Pietrangelo buys at a position that requires better play from those already in Vegas Not a position that requires upgrading It would also be a very expensive buy One who with Pietrangelo on the wrong side of 30 may not be worth not worth long

It looks like Pittsburgh and Vegas are destined to trade this offseason The Golden Knights could target Kris Letang if they’re in desperate need of a defensive upgrade Letang earns less than Pietrangelo (AAV 725million, that’s less than the most conservative estimate for the upcoming Pietrangelo deal) and only two years left

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World News – CA – Why, and why not, the Golden Knights should sue Alex Pietrangelo



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