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Robin Lehner Believes The NHL Season Is Over

from David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner is pessimistic the NHL season will resume.

In an interview with Swedish-based publication SportExpressen that was published online Thursday and translated to English, Lehner said he saw “a zero percent chance” the regular season and playoffs can be completed after the league’s pause because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“No, I don’t think it is possible to shut down and then run again when you have 100,000 cases of the coronavirus,” said Lehner, according to the translation. “Safety goes first. You can’t turn 180 degrees and start playing again. I see a zero percent chance that you can save this season. Now I hope that next season can start as usual in October.”

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Mark Stone Considered Week To Week

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Winning Streak Hits 8 For The Vegas Golden Knights

from David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Robin Lehner allowed a goal on the first shot he faced Friday, as well as the last.

In between, the Golden Knights goaltender was stellar.

Lehner finished with 32 saves in his debut as the Knights matched a franchise record with their eighth straight win, 4-2 over Buffalo on Friday night at T-Mobile Arena.

“You just get traded, you just want to go in and do your best and give the guys a chance to win,” Lehner said. “There wasn’t that many shots in the second, but I thought there was some really good chances and then they came out in the third and took care of me.”

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Vegas Golden Knights Extend William Carrier

VEGAS (February 27, 2020) – Vegas Golden Knights General Manager Kelly McCrimmon announced today, February 27, that the team has signed forward William Carrier to a four-year contract extension through the 2023-24 season worth an average annual value of $1.4 million.

Carrier has recorded a career-high 18 points (7 G, 11 A) to go with 37 penalty minutes in 65 games this season. He also has recorded 199 hits this season, which ranks second on the team and sixth in the league. In three seasons with the Golden Knights, he has recorded 30 points (16 G, 14 A) to go with 85 penalty minutes in 156 games played. Prior to his time in Vegas, the LaSalle, Quebec native appeared in 41 games with the Buffalo Sabres during the 2016-17 season and recorded eight points (5 G, 3 A) to go with 21 penalty minutes.

Carrier was originally selected by the Golden Knights during the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft and signed a two-year contract extension with the team on July 23, 2018.

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A Goaltending Upgrade For The Vegas Golden Knights

from Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Trade deadlines in professional sports are about sending messages.

The Golden Knights on Monday offered an obvious one:

“If anything happened to Marc-Andre Fleury, we weren’t strong enough to win playoff games if we get to that point,” general manager Kelly McCrimmon said.

Translation: They wanted Malcolm Subban gone.

Trades can be evaluated countless ways, but the one that brought goalie Robin Lehner to the Knights owns zero downside. No matter if he proves a rental or is here beyond this season, it’s a win on paper and ice.

Whether you’re on the side that believes Subban as a backup is better than his below-average numbers or that they are a true representation of his worth, you can’t pass on acquiring one of the more solid goalies in hockey with 18 games remaining in a playoff push.

Not at this price.

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Robin Lehner Traded To Vegas

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Vegas Trades Cody Eakin To Winnipeg

VEGAS (February 21, 2020) - Vegas Golden Knights General Manager Kelly McCrimmon announced today, February 21, the following roster transactions: the team has acquired a conditional fourth-round selection in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for Vegas Golden Knights forward Cody Eakin.

Eakin was selected by the Golden Knights during the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft from the Dallas Stars. While in Vegas, he appeared in 199 games and posted 37 goals and 41 assists.

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Alec Martinez Trade To The Vegas Golden Knights Is Official

LOS ANGELES – The LA Kings have acquired two second-round draft picks from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for defenseman Alec Martinez, according to Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake.

The two second-round picks include Vegas’ in the 2020 NHL Draft and St. Louis’s selection in the 2021 NHL Draft that was previously acquired by the Golden Knights.

“Alec has been an important part of the organization for a number of years and was a key member of our Stanley Cup teams,” said Blake. “We thank Marty for everything he’s done for our organization, our fans and our community.”

Martinez was a fourth-round pick (95th overall) by the Kings in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and has played his entire career with LA. The Rochester Hills, Mich. native has appeared in 597 NHL games posting 198 points (62-136=198) and a plus-23 rating. He was a member of both the 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup Championship teams, highlighted by his overtime Stanley Cup clinching goal in Game 5 against the New York Rangers in 2014.


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Signs Point To Alex Martinez Joining The Vegas Golden Knights

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The AHL Team For The Vegas Golden Knights Will Play Their Home Games In Las Vegas

VEGAS (February 12, 2020) – Vegas Golden Knights President Kerry Bubolz issued the following update regarding the organization’s plans for the upcoming 2020-21 American Hockey League season:

“Pending approval of the purchase and relocation from the American Hockey League Board of Governors, the Golden Knights AHL affiliate will play their home games during the 2020-21 AHL season at the Orleans Arena, located at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. We look forward to working with our partners at Boyd Gaming to create a memorable, best-in-class fan experience in one of the leading multi-purpose sports and entertainment facilities in the nation. Additional updates regarding the Vegas Golden Knights AHL affiliate and subsequent plans will be communicated when appropriate.”

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Gerard Gallant On His Firing And His Future

from Jason Simmons of the Journal Pioneer,

Gerard (Turk) Gallant admits he never saw the Vegas Golden Knights’ coaching change coming...

“I was quite surprised actually when it happened,” Gallant told the Journal Pioneer on Saturday night. “You don’t see something coming like that when you have 2 ½ years in.

“I was disappointed and surprised, but I understand the hockey business and things have to change sometimes. They made a tough decision and I’m sure it was tough on them, but that’s the way hockey is.”...

“I’m far from done,” said Gallant, 56. “I enjoy coaching.

“If an opportunity comes up I will definitely look at it – myself and Mike. Mike is a big part of what I do too and sometimes people forget about the assistant coaches. 

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Video- Hockey Players

Paul Stastny picking at his chicklets.

 

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Winning A Must For Peter DeBoer In Vegas

from Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Breaking: Peter DeBoer didn’t wear a red nose and big floppy shoes in his debut as coach of the Golden Knights on Thursday.

But you can bet there exists a majority of fans who would have thought it a good look.

They certainly will be content with first impressions, the Knights having snapped a four-game losing streak by beating the Ottawa Senators 4-2 at Canadian Tire Centre.

But the part about welcoming a guy with open arms from the most passionate (obsessed?) followers of the Knights will take time, DeBoer having last directed the NHL team that Las Vegas has come to loathe before he was fired by the San Jose Sharks in December.

It was more surreal than anything else, seeing DeBoer wearing a Knights sweatsuit and hat when addressing the media a day after he replaced the fired Gerard Gallant.

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

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Peter DeBoer In, Gerrard Gallant Out For The Vegas Golden Knights

VEGAS (January 15, 2020) – Vegas Golden Knights General Manager Kelly McCrimmon announced today, January 15, changes to the team’s coaching staff: Gerard Gallant and Mike Kelly have been relieved of their coaching duties and Peter DeBoer has been named head coach.

McCrimmon will be available to the media in Ottawa on Wednesday, January 15 at 12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT before the team’s 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT practice at Canadian Tire Centre. A transcript will be provided by the Golden Knights Communications Staff.

“In order for our team to reach its full potential, we determined a coaching change was necessary. Our team is capable of more than we have demonstrated this season,” said Vegas Golden Knights General Manager Kelly McCrimmon. “We would like to thank Gerard and Mike for their service to the Vegas Golden Knights. They were both instrumental to the success we have enjoyed in our first two-plus seasons and we wish them all the best moving forward. In Peter DeBoer, we have a proven, experienced head coach who we believe can help us achieve our ultimate goal. We are excited to welcome Peter and his family to the Vegas Golden Knights organization. We look forward to a strong finish to the 2019-20 season with Peter at the helm and a successful tenure in the seasons to come.”

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The Slumping Vegas Golden Knights

from Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

So, this is what Gerard Gallant means by skating in sand.

Gallant identified a lack of his hockey team moving its feet when explaining forgettable starts lately, something the Golden Knights tried like anything to avoid against Columbus on Saturday night.

It wasn’t a disastrous beginning. It just wasn’t very good, an opening 20 minutes that was eventually followed by a 3-0 loss to end a seven-game homestand....

Look at it this way — the Knights have been outscored 10-0 in the first period of their past four games, when they have done more chasing than investors do the market....

Columbus assumes the personality of its coach about as well as any NHL team, and given John Tortorella is a few quarters short of a buck, its grinding, defensive-minded, lock-things-down, don’t-give-an-inch persona is ideal for how the team competes.

The Blue Jackets are simple. They keep forwards to the outside. They don’t allow inside chances. They block shots.

They’re an airport security line, frustrating as all heck to face.

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A Big Comeback For The Vegas Golden Knights

from David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

The contents of the Golden Knights’ locker room discussion during the first intermission Saturday will remain private.

Suffice to say, whatever was said had the desired effect.

Chandler Stephenson scored on a breakaway with 1:59 remaining in overtime Saturday, and the Golden Knights rallied for a monumental 5-4 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues at T-Mobile Arena.

“I can’t say anything,” Knights forward William Carrier said. “But we’ve got a good group of leaders in the room. We talked after the first period, and everyone showed up for the second.”

The Knights trailed 3-0 after the first period and registered 10 shots on goal in the first 31-plus minutes, but tallied four unanswered goals to stun St. Louis.

It was the first time in franchise history the Knights have come back from a three-goal deficit to win.

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Video- Ryan Reaves With A Big Elbow On A Teammate

Tomas Nosek is the recipient of the elbow from Reaves.

 

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Max Pacioretty On A Roll This Season

from Ben Gotz of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Max Pacioretty hit a post in the second period Sunday against the Vancouver Canucks. That’s the worst thing you could say about his game.

The Golden Knights left wing’s effort in the 6-3 victory was another tour de force performance in a season full of them. He recorded two goals and two assists and had at least four points for just the fifth time in his 728-game career. It continued a season-long theme for Pacioretty: After an underwhelming first year in Las Vegas, the 31-year-old is suddenly at the peak of his powers.

“He’s a true goal scorer,” said Mark Stone, who plays on the wing opposite Pacioretty on the Knights’ second line. “He’s a 30-to-40 goal scorer in this league, he always has been. It doesn’t really surprise me. It was only a matter of time before he started scoring like this.”

Pacioretty has never scored like this, though. Through 36 games he leads the Knights in goals (15), assists (19), points (34) and shots (147). He’s on pace to top his career-highs in assists (34), points (67) and shots (303).

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Video- Brad Richardson With An Elbow To The Head

2 mnutes for illegal check to the head of Cody Eakin..  The refs did review the hit.

 

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Video- Icing Or Not?

Game tying goal for the Jets who just won in OT.

Keep your eye on the linesman, had his arm up then waived it off when the puck went behind the net.

 

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Valentin Zykov Suspended 20 Games For Violating Performance Enhancing Substances Program

NEW YORK (October 17, 2019) – Vegas Golden Knights forward Valentin Zykov has been suspended for 20 games, without pay, for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspension is accompanied by mandatory referral to the NHL/NHLPA Program for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health for evaluation and possible treatment.

The National Hockey League will have no further comment on this matter.

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VEGAS (October 17, 2019) – The Vegas Golden Knights issued the following statement, today, October 17, regarding the suspension of Valentin Zykov:

“We were notified by the NHL and NHLPA that Valentin has violated the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program. We monitor the nutrition, supplement intake, and overall diet of our athletes on a continual basis throughout our entire season. Valentin knowingly used a banned substance without the consent, recommendation or knowledge of our team. We support the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program and respect the decision here.”

The NHL announced today, October 17, that Zykov has been suspended for 20 games, without pay, for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program.

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The National Hockey League Players’ Association is releasing the following statement at the request of Valentin Zykov.

 Valentin Zykov Statement

October 17, 2019

“I’ve been informed that I am being suspended for 20 games under the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program.  While I haven’t been able to discover how I tested positive, I understand that I am responsible for what is in my body and will accept this penalty.  I want to apologize to my family, my teammates, and the Golden Knights organization and fans.  I will work hard during my suspension to ensure that I put myself in the best possible position to contribute to my team when my suspension is over.”   

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A Look At Kelly McCrimmon, The GM Of The Vegas Golden Knights

from David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Ask just about anyone who played hockey in Brandon, Manitoba, over the past three decades about Kelly McCrimmon and they’ll know the story.

Darren Ritchie has heard McCrimmon tell it so many times over the years, he started making fun of his former coach.

“If you ask him, his plan was to farm,” said Ritchie, the current general manager of the Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings, while holding back a chuckle.

“I don’t believe him, because he’s such a good hockey guy.”

Farming and hockey, maybe in that order, long have been McCrimmon’s passions, and the new Golden Knights general manager often uses the story of his own career path as a cautionary tale to countless aspiring young players in western Canada.

Once content to run his family’s grain farm in small-town Saskatchewan, McCrimmon instead became one of the most successful coaches and executives in Canadian major-junior hockey.

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Vegas Golden Knights Need To Forget The Past And Move On

from Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

It’s true that our lives are as rivers and go where they must and not always as we desire them. So as the Golden Knights opened a third training camp as the NHL team of Las Vegas on Friday, how last season ended undoubtedly offered a learning curve to embrace as a new one begins.

Players have for some time talked about burying the vision of a 5-minute major and game misconduct assessed center Cody Eakin at 9:53 of the third period in Game 7 of a first-round playoff series against San Jose.

Lower the coffin. Pick up the shovel. Pile on the dirt.

Hold the opitimism

But before optimism of the present takes its typical sturdy grip on a team thought as talented and capable as the Knights, recalling how they responded to the call on Eakin is just as significant from which to move on.

And they did so horrendously.

As bad as the call was — and we’re talking terrible — it was an immediate reaction, far more standard teeth cleaning than the root canal that followed.

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Shea Theodore Facing A ‘Routine Procedure’ For A Lump In His Testicle

from Shea Theodore at The Players' Tribune,

“Well, we can schedule the surgery for next Tuesday.”

The doctor said it just like that.

And I was like, “Wait … what? So … do I have it?”

“The scan shows a five millimeter by five millimeter lump in your testicle. It’ll be a routine procedure. Once we take it out and do a biopsy, we’ll know more about the type of cancer. But you’re young, and we caught it early.” 

So, yeah. Three months ago, I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Crazy, right?

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Broadcasting News From The Vegas Golden Knights

VEGAS (August 29, 2019) -  Vegas Golden Knights President Kerry Bubolz announced today, August 29, new additions to the Vegas Golden Knights broadcast team. These additions will be featured prominently on all regionally televised AT&T SportsNet game broadcasts, AT&T SportsNet’s behind-the-scenes show Vegas Golden Knights: Knight Life, Vegas Golden Knights produced digital content and team charitable appearances and events throughout the Las Vegas Valley.

Industry veteran Daren Millard has been named the lead pregame, intermission and postgame host, while former NHL goaltender Mike McKenna will serve as the lead studio analyst on the pregame, intermission and postgame panel. In addition, the team has selected Las Vegas native Stormy Buonantony as the club’s rinkside reporter. Darren Eliot will also be featured as an analyst in select games throughout the 2019-20 season, while also serving in his current role as Vice President of Hockey Programming and Facility Operations for the Golden Knights.

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Video- Season Preview For The Vegas Golden Knights

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

The Vegas Golden Knights have the highest expectations entering their third season in the NHL.

"I really feel we can do some significant things," center William Karlsson said. "We are ready to win."

The Golden Knights stunned the hockey world when they reached the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season of 2017-18.

They made the Stanley Cup Playoffs again last season and had a 3-1 series lead against the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference First Round. They had a 3-0 lead in the third period of Game 7, but after San Jose scored four goals during a major penalty, they ended up losing 5-4 in overtime.

"By now, I've definitely gotten over it," Karlsson said. "It was tough in the playoffs when [the Sharks] were still in it. But after [the St. Louis Blues won the Stanley Cup for the first time], it was a fairy-tale story, and it was easier to forget.

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Vegas Golden Knights Trade Nikita Gusev To The New Jersey Devils

VEGAS (July 29, 2019) - Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced today, July 29, that the Golden Knights have acquired a third round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft and a second round pick in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for forward Nikita Gusev . McPhee will be available to discuss the transaction at 2 p.m. PT today, July 29. Details can be found below.

"We did our best to accommodate Nikita and his salary request but were unable to do so. He is a good person, a good player and we wish him well in New Jersey," said Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee. "When you have a roster comprised of players who are deserving of a certain salary range you are not always able to make room for everyone. This is the reality of having a good team in the salary cap world. After this trade, we now own nine picks in the first three rounds of the next two drafts. These picks will help boost our organizational depth and add to our pool of prospects. Although we were not able to make this work I am really happy with where we are at with our roster."

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Looks Like David Clarkson Will Be Traded To Toronto

 

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Vegas Sending Colin Miller To Buffalo

 

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Vegas Golden Knights Made The William Karlsson Signing Official Last Night

VEGAS (June 24, 2019) – Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced today, June 24, that the team has signed forward William Karlsson to an eight-year contract through the 2026-27 season worth an average annual value of $5.9 million.

Karlsson, 26, finished his second season with the Golden Knights with 56 points (24 G, 32 A) to go with 16 penalty minutes. He finished with 13 multi-point games, including three games where he recorded three points.

The Marsta, Sweden native recorded his 150th career point on December 6 and now has 184 career points (85 G, 99 A) through five seasons in the NHL. Karlsson is the only player in franchise history to have appeared in every regular season game and postseason contest, a total of 191 games. He was originally acquired by the Golden Knights during the 2017 Expansion Draft.

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William Karlsson Will Be Signing With Vegas For 8 Years

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William Karlsson Is An Offer Sheet Candidate

from David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

When William Karlsson stood in front of his locker at City National Arena in late April, he twice made reference to the possibility of not returning to the Golden Knights.

This isn’t to say the restricted free-agent center is leaving town, so don’t freak out just yet.

But it does illustrate that even the perpetually glass-half-full Karlsson recognizes the Knights’ salary cap constraints.

“Hopefully we can get a long-term deal going, and hopefully I’ll stand here in the fall,” he said following the postseason. “This is where I want to play. Hopefully I’ll be here for next year, too.”

Karlsson’s future could go a number of directions, from that new contract he mentioned to an unpleasant arbitration hearing or — gasp! — even a trade.

He’s also a prime candidate to receive the seldom-used offer sheet, which could put a serious crimp in general manager pro tem George McPhee’s best-laid plans for the summer.

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Moving Phil Kessel And Vegas Cap Issues

from TSN,

- A Kessel to the Wild trade may be dead, at least for now, but TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun wrote last week that Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford is still discussing a Kessel trade with teams around the league and added that, "it's a question of when, not if, for Kessel to be dealt but where exactly remains to be determined."

With that in mind, Josh Lile of the Dallas Morning News wonders if the Stars could be a landing spot for the 31-year-old. The Stars have $16.4 million in cap space on a projected $83 million cap and Lile writes Kessel "easily fits" in the team's cap picture....

- The Vegas Golden Knights are facing a cap crunch this summer and currently sit over the projected $83 million salary cap for next season, including David Clarkson's $5.25 million salary which can be shelved on long-term injured reserve.

Justin Emerson of the Las Vegas Sun believes the team will need roughly $10 million to sign restricted free agents William Karlsson, who he projects to receive a six year, $39 million deal, and Nikita Gusev this off-season and will still have three roster spots to fill. 

Emerson notes that reports have indicated defenceman Colin Miller is on the trade block and believes the team could look to move Cody Eakin and Ryan Reaves as well to free space.

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Colin Miller May Be On The Way Out In Las Vegas

from David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

With the Golden Knights set to shed salary this offseason, it was only a matter of time before other clubs started putting out feelers for potential trades.

One name that continues to be mentioned is Colin Miller.

The defenseman struggled through injuries and multiple stints in coach Gerard Gallant’s doghouse this past season and now is on the trading block, according to multiple reports.

“We didn’t expect to be having summer this early and it’s frustrating, but there’s always things you can learn,” Miller said during his exit interview with the media last month. “We have the right pieces in place, and hopefully the future’s very bright.”

Miller led the Knights’ defensemen in scoring during the team’s inaugural season, but he couldn’t match that level of consistency throughout 2018-19.

He never appeared comfortable in the shutdown role alongside Brayden McNabb during the first 20 games while Nate Schmidt was serving his suspension and missed 13 games from Dec. 20 to Jan. 15 with an upper-body injury.

Miller then fell out of favor with Gallant during the second half and was a healthy scratch for two games on two separate occasions.

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Kelly McCrimmon Named GM Of The Vegas Golden Knights

VEGAS (May 2, 2019) – Vegas Golden Knights President of Hockey Operations and General Manager George McPhee announced today, May 2, that Kelly McCrimmon has been promoted to General Manager of the Vegas Golden Knights, effective September 1, 2019. In this new role, McCrimmon will represent the Golden Knights at the league’s General Managers Meetings and be the point of contact for other NHL GMs. McCrimmon will report to George McPhee, who will continue to be responsible for all hockey operations decisions and oversee the club’s hockey operations team as the Golden Knights President of Hockey Operations.

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Morning Line- Jonathan Marchessault

 

If you missed the hit in question, watch it below.

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Videos- The San Jose Sharks With An Overtime Win In Game 7

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

They play for more than the Stanley Cup. They play for each other.

That was the essence of what will go down as one of the great games in NHL history.

When the San Jose Sharks defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 5-4 in overtime in Game 7 of the Western Conference First Round at SAP Center on Tuesday, they did more than roar back after trailing 3-0 in the third period, more than recover from a late tying goal.

They did more than win a best-of-7 series after trailing 3-1 for the first time in their history, more than advance to play the Colorado Avalanche in the second round starting here Friday.

They rallied for their injured captain, Joe Pavelski.

"The boys, they got together and they said, 'This is for Pav,'" center Joe Thornton said. "So we love him. It was just a matter of will, and we willed that one for him."

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A Bounce Back Win For Martin Jones And The San Jose Sharks

from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,

William Karlsson picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and darted into the Sharks’ end on a 2-on-1 with Reilly Smith. Karlsson put on the breaks, got the puck to his forehand and fed a perfect pass to Smith over the stick of Brenden Dillon.

Martin Jones stretched out his right leg, using every inch of his 6-foot-4 inch frame, to get a toe on the shot, preserving the Sharks’ one-goal lead and maybe his team’s season.

“Totally what we expected. He’s a heck of a goalie,” Sharks captain Joe Pavelski said. “We believe in this guy. We played the right way tonight and it probably started with him and he led the way out.

“We were committed, helped him out a little bit.  He made some great saves, especially that 2-on-1 there after they scored. A game saving save there, and that’s what he’s always done for us, get those key saves.”

After he was pulled in Game 4 after he allowed two goals on seven shots in the first period, Jones finished with 30 saves, and the Sharks came away with a gutsy 5-2 win over the Golden Knights on Thursday in Game 5.

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The San Jose Sharks Can’t Afford Another Loss

from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,

Logan Couture was asked straight up: After three straight losses, two decisively, what gives the Sharks hope like they can still win this series against the Vegas Golden Knights?

“We’re still playing. We’ve got a chance,” Couture said. “It’s never over until it’s over. We need to go home, where we’ve been good all year, played two good games to start this series at home, and try and win a game, and that’s that.”

There was a lot to like about the way the Sharks played in the first two periods Tuesday night in Game 4. But goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves for his 15th career postseason shutout and the Sharks didn’t get enough saves at the other end in a 5-0 loss at T-Mobile Arena.

Game 5 is Thursday at SAP Center in San Jose, and between now and then, the Sharks have to find a way to put a complete game together, or their once promising season that started with talk of a Stanley Cup will be over.

“For us it’s our starts. It’s very important. We haven’t played with the lead much. When we have, we’ve played well,” Sharks captain Joe Pavelski said.

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The New Guys Lead The Way For The Vegas Golden Knights

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

How do you follow the Vegas Golden Knights' inaugural season of 2017-18?

What do you do on Toshiba Plaza when you've had fans line up to get logo tattoos? What do you do inside T-Mobile Arena when you've set a new standard for pregame shows? What do you on the ice when the Golden Misfits made the Stanley Cup Final?

You add weddings and glow sticks and Paul Stastny and Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone.

The new forwards scored all the Vegas goals in a 6-3 win against the San Jose Sharks that gave the Golden Knights a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference First Round on Sunday, in the first Stanley Cup Playoff game at T-Mobile Arena since the Washington Capitals won the Cup in Game 5 of the Final on June 7.

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Video- Joe Thornton On His Head Hit To Tomas Nosek

from Curtis Pashelka of the Mercury News,

“I honestly thought I barely touched him,” Thornton said. “He just came right back; it was just one of those plays that it is what it is. I think my son hits me like that six times a day, it’s just a weird position to put himself in. That’s all.”

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Special Teams A Problem For The San Jose Sharks

from Paul Gackle of the Mercury News,

It’s a script that Sharks fans are all too familiar with. If they turned it into a full-length movie it would probably be called, “Five Minutes Late.”

For the eighth time in 16 franchise meetings with the Vegas Golden Knights, the Sharks surrendered the opening goal less than five minutes into the first period. By the 6:11 mark, Vegas held a 3-0 lead, making Game 2 of the opening-round series look like a sequel of last year’s Game 1 showdown between the Pacific Division rivals that saw the Sharks fall behind 4-0 in 11:43 en route to a 7-0 loss.

Despite the slow start, special teams ultimately decided Friday’s game. The Sharks went 1-for-8 on the power play, surrendering a pair of shorties. To make matters worse, the Knights also picked up a third period power play goal, which ended up being the game winner.

“It hard to win this time of year if you don’t win special teams,” Sharks coach Pete DeBoer said.

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Not The Best Game For The Vegas Golden Knights

from David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

As the Golden Knights stumbled toward the finish line of the regular season, the common refrain was they could find their game when it mattered most.

But as the postseason opened Wednesday, all the problems of the past two weeks remained.

The Knights were unable to match the intensity of a San Jose squad intent on making a statement and lost 5-2 in a hostile SAP Center to open the Western Conference quarterfinals.

Mark Stone notched both goals for the Knights, and Max Pacioretty finished with two assists. Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is here Friday at 7:30 p.m.

“They outplayed us in every facet of the game tonight,” coach Gerard Gallant said. “They played hard. They worked and competed, and we weren’t near good enough. They did a good job. They played hard. We weren’t close to good enough, and we’ll do better next game.”

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GIF- Joe Thornton And Ryan Reaves Fined For High-Sticking

NEW YORK (March 31, 2019) – San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton has been fined $2,500 for high-sticking Vegas Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves during NHL Game No. 1211 in San Jose on Saturday, March 30, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 15:20 of the first period. Thornton was assessed a minor penalty for high-sticking.


NEW YORK (March 31, 2019) – Vegas Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves has been fined $2,500 for high-sticking San Jose Sharks forward Joe Thornton during NHL Game No. 1211 in San Jose on Saturday, March 30, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 16:10 of the third period.

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The Vegas Golden Knights Are In The Playoffs Again

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

The Vegas Golden Knights have made it two appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in their two seasons in the NHL.

The Golden Knights (42-30-6) clinched a 2019 playoff berth when the Arizona Coyotes lost 3-2 in a shootout to the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center on Friday. Vegas is third in the Pacific Division with 90 points and four regular-season games to play, five points behind the second-place San Jose Sharks.

Here are five reasons the Golden Knights clinched a playoff berth:

1. Stone on the scene

The Golden Knights acquired arguably the best player moved before the NHL Trade Deadline, getting forward Mark Stone from the Ottawa Senators with forward Tobias Lindberg for forward Oscar Lindberg, defenseman Erik Brannstrom and a second-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft on Feb. 23.

Since the trade, Vegas is 10-4-1 and Stone has 10 points (four goals, six assists) and has joined center Paul Stastny (16 points; six goals, 10 assists) and forward Max Pacioretty (eight points; four goals, four assists) to create a dominant second line.

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Video-Michael Haley Wanted A Piece Of Ryan Reaves

via Sportsnet's YouTube channel,

Ryan Reaves made it to the bench after a massive hit on Melker Karlsson, but Micheal Haley was searching for a fight and pulled Reaves off the bench to try and drop the gloves.

 

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Videos- Malcolm Subban Earns An Unsportsmanlike Penalty

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Video- After Hours With Mark Stone

via Sportsnet,

Mark Stone talks about adjusting to life with the Vegas Golden Knights, how he developed as a NHLer and then also has his interview interrupted by teammate Ryan Reaves.

 

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Eight More Years For Mark Stone In Vegas

VEGAS (March 8, 2019) – Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced today, March 8, that the team has signed forward Mark Stone to an eight-year contract extension through the 2026-27 season worth an average annual value of $9.5 million. 

Stone was acquired by the Golden Knights on February 25, along with prospect Tobias Lindberg, from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Vegas Golden Knights forward Oscar Lindberg, Vegas Golden Knights prospect Erik Brannstrom and a 2020 Second Round draft pick (originally belonging to Dallas).

The 26-year-old Stone is a veteran of 371 NHL games and has tallied 123 goals and 190 assists for 313 points in his NHL career. He has also appeared in 27 playoff games for Ottawa with five goals and eight assists in those postseason contests. This season, Stone has recorded a career-high 28 goals and 36 assists for 64 points in 64 games. He has recorded 20 goals or more in five consecutive seasons and last year finished with 20 goals and a career-high 42 assists for 62 points in 58 games.

The native of Winnipeg, Manitoba spent the last two seasons as an alternate captain for the Senators. In 2016, Stone recorded 10 points (4 G, 6 A) in 10 games to help lead Team Canada to a gold medal during the 2016 IIHF World Championship.

Stone was selected by the Ottawa Senators in the sixth round (178th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

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The Vegas Golden Knights Strengthen Their Lineup With Mark Stone

from David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

The Golden Knights acquired right wing Mark Stone from the Ottawa Senators in a blockbuster deal shortly before Monday’s trade deadline.

In exchange for Stone, the Knights sent prospect Erik Brannstrom, forward Oscar Lindberg and a 2020 second-round draft pick to the Senators.

Stone could make his debut Tuesday when the Knights host Dallas at 7 p.m. at T-Mobile Arena.

“He should definitely bring a lot of energy to our room,” coach Gerard Gallant said. “I was expecting us to be ready to play (Tuesday) whether we got Mark Stone or not. But hopefully he brings a lot of goals to our team, a lot of character, work ethic. Like I said, he’s a great all-around player. He’s definitely going to help us.”

Stone, 26, will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and announced on TSN he agreed to a contract extension with the Knights. A source said the deal was not finalized, but it was expected to be for eight years with a $9.5 million average annual salary and include a full no-movement clause.

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