Report: To make room for Alex Pietrangelo, Vegas will trade Nate Schmidt to Florida Panthers (UPDATED)
Former St Blues defender Alex Pietrangelo has been the prize of free agency, and he’s been extensively courted by the Vegas Golden Knights. But the Knights are only a couple million under the salary cap, so they’ve got to clear some space before they sign Pietrangelo for big dollars. On Sunday night, Fox Sports Midwest reporter Andy Strickland said that Vegas will trade defender Nate Schmidt to the Florida Panthers to make that space.
UPDATE, 8:45 PM: Somewhat contradicting the earlier report, TSN’s Pierre LeBrun says the Panthers do not have a deal in play for Schmidt.
Nate Schmidt has not been traded to Florida. Which is not to suggest he won’t be traded. He’s in play. But the Panthers haven’t dealt for him.
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) October 12, 2020