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Report- Looks Like Gerard Gallant Will Be Coaching In Las Vegas

 

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The Name Debate For The Las Vegas Expansion Team

from Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Given all the coverage Foley has received on the matter, I was sure the happenings would be included in those intelligence briefings given to Trump and Clinton. It even reached the bizarre and childish point of Foley actually registering fake names as a misdirection ploy.

Memo to the owner: Don’t do that. It’s amateur hour. Don’t begin a relationship with those purchasing your season tickets and excited about spending even more money to wear your colors by misleading them, especially over such an innocuous matter. There’s no reason for it. It’s buffoonery.

The fact Foley spent even a second trying to fool others confirms this is the financial whiz’s first rodeo when it comes to running a professional sports team, not to mention how much blame should be assigned the NHL for the delay in announcing the nickname and logo.

Gary Bettman has absolutely played a major part in the holdup. The commissioner reportedly told Foley for months he couldn’t move forward with nickname and logo ideas because he didn’t officially have a team. This, even after the league’s general managers in March outlined rules for an expansion draft.

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Everything Is Falling Into Place For The Las Vegas Expansion Team

from Justin Cuthbert of the Las Vegas Sun,

They are without a coach, and a roster, and a distinguishable brand, or the requisite prefix to license "Knights," but the NHL franchise that lies dormant has a team. And they're fully operational.

While the hockey community took its collective breather this summer, George McPhee poured through his contacts. It was in the neighborhood of 450 days before NHL hockey would arrive in Las Vegas, but the man spearheading the project was immediately working on deadline. Eight weeks until World Cup training camps.

The good bottle remaining corked, the rush was on to assemble hockey operations and manufacture a network of scouts with comparable reach to the NHL's 30 in-competition franchises, all of which have been greasing their production lines from their outsets.

What was paramount for Las Vegas - the installation of manpower in order to effectively evaluate talent in rinks across the globe in sufficient time to begin a season devoted to thorough appraisal of others' assets - seemed unfeasible.

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All George McPhee

from Tal Pinchevsky of ESPN,

ESPN.com: How many resumes have you received so far?

GM: I'll bet that I've had 600-700 texts, 300-400 emails, 60-70 phone calls. It's been unreal. What's difficult is you let people know you'll get back to them when we get organized. If they haven't heard from you in a week, they start texting and emailing again.

ESPN.com: What is it you'll be looking for in a coach in Las Vegas?

GM: We haven't even started [looking] and probably won't until the new year. There are lots of coaching changes in a season, so we want to take a look at what might be there later in the year. A coach has to obviously understand the X's and O's, but more importantly he has to be someone the players really respect. Not only as a coach but as a person. You want a guy that's a lot of things: smart, approachable, unflappable, confident, hard-working, organized, all of those things. Good with the community, good with the media. That's the sort of thing we'll be looking for.

ESPN.com: Have other GMs contacted you about staying away from their players in the expansion draft?

GM: I called [Islanders GM] Garth Snow to say, "Thanks for everything, it was a great experience and you really helped me get the other GM job." He said, "Just remember that during the expansion draft." Then he said, "Now that you're back to being a manager, I can't wait to see you look old again."

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Murray Craven Keeps Busy Behind The Scenes In Las Vegas

from Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Murray Craven turned 52 last Thursday. But he was too busy to celebrate.

Figuratively speaking, he has so much on his plate, there’s no room for birthday cake.

The former NHL player and Medicine Hat, Alberta, native who has been serving as Bill Foley’s adviser throughout the billionaire businessman’s quest to bring major league sports to Las Vegas is multitasking more than ever now that Foley has his team. Craven is overseeing the final phases of construction of the team’s locker room at T-Mobile Arena. He’s trying to get all the engineering and building permits in place so construction can start on the team’s 105,000 square-foot practice facility adjacent to Downtown Summerlin.

He’s helping general manager George McPhee with hockey matters as McPhee is assembling his scouting and operations staff. And he’s involved with the next big announcement — the team’s name and brand.

“Every day is hectic,” Craven said. “But that’s what happens when you’re building a new organization. There’s so much that has to be done.”

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Bill Foley On His Expansion Draft Plans

from Case Keefer of the Las Vegas Sun,

He’s concluded that Las Vegas is going to be able to land a pair of “really good goalies” supplemented with a strong defense.

“It’s what the draft is giving us,” Foley said. “I’d love to have offensive powerhouse, juggernaut like the Penguins, but it took them a long time to get there. We’re going to have to work our way into that.”

Immediate offensive help could come from the pool of unrestricted free agents. The team must spend 60 to 100 percent of the salary cap, expected to be somewhere from $74 to $75 million, on the expansion draft.

Foley hints it might fall on the lower end, as he’s impressed by the projected set of free agents and believes he won’t have trouble luring players to Las Vegas.

“We’re going to have money to spend, so we can look at who’s out there,” Foley said. “I’m twice this age, but I don’t want a bunch of 35- or 36-year-olds that play a couple years, and then they’re done. We’ll have some veterans on the team to help the younger guys, but we need to be a younger-oriented team.”

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There’s An App For That In Las Vegas

via John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Sun,

The wagering opportunities for NHL games at T-Mobile Arena once the Las Vegas franchise begins play in 2017 have been specified. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman commented about wagering on the team during Thursday’s formal announcement that the league’s Board of Governors had unanimously approved an expansion team for Las Vegas. Bettman said NHL games were not as “susceptible” to wagering as NFL or NBA games.

Which means there will be no live betting stations inside T-Mobile Arena, though the arena exists on the Strip and is co-owned by MGM Resorts. But you can legally wager on the Las Vegas team from any MGM Resorts sports book (or any sports book in the city), and also from apps on your smartphone. Handily, MGM Resorts is in the trial stages of its own betting app, called playMGM, which is similar to those operated by William Hill, Cantor Gaming and Station Casinos. The trial should be completed within a month or two, then be ready to go live.

What this means is, you can indeed bet on the Las Vegas NHL team inside T-Mobile — from any online application — even if manned wagering stations are not set up in the venue. How this affects the atmosphere inside the arena remains to be seen. It might be a little like pulling for your home NBA or NHL team even if you have players on your fantasy league team playing against your own team.

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