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EDMONTON, ALBERTA - AUGUST 19: Alex Pietrangelo #27 of the St. Louis Blues skates in warm-ups prior to the game against the Vancouver Canucks in Game Five of the Western Conference First Round during the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place on August 19, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

The Vegas Golden Knights have agreed to terms on a $61.6 million, seven-year contract with top free agent Alex Pietrangelo, a person with direct knowledge of the move tells The Associated Press. Pietrangelo will count $8.8 million against the salary cap through 2027. The 30-year-old defenseman leaves the St. Louis Blues after serving as captain of their 2019 Stanley Cup championship team. Pietrangelo gives Vegas another big-money player, but the team will also need to shed salary to fit him under the $81.5 million salary cap.