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Marc-Andre Fleury Staying In Vegas

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Nate Schmidt Traded To Vancouver

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Alex Pietrangelo Finalizing Deal With The Vegas Golden Knights

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Paul Stastny May Be Headed Back To Winnipeg

from Jason Bell and Mike McIntyre of the Winnipeg Free Press,

The Winnipeg Jets are closing in on a deal that would see Paul Stastny brought back into the fold.

Multiple sources told the Free Press late Thursday night the veteran centre, who had a short but sweet stay in Winnipeg two seasons ago, is believed to be returning just as Friday's free agent frenzy is set to kick off.

The Vegas Golden Knights need to trim salary to get under the cap, and the Jets are desperate to find someone to play up the middle on the second line behind No. 1 centre Mark Scheifele.

In that sense, it's a potential match made in hockey heaven. An announcement was expected as early as Friday morning.

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Goalie News Today

 

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Chicago/Vegas Trade

from the Chicago Blackhawks,

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have acquired forward Brandon Pirri (PIHR-ee) from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for forward Dylan Sikura. Pirri's contract has a salary cap hit of $775,000 and he is signed through the 2020-21 season.

Originally selected by the Blackhawks in the second round (59th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft, Pirri split last season between Vegas and the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. He tallied two assists in 16 regular-season contests with Vegas and notched 35 points (15G, 20A) in 38 games with Chicago this season. His 35 points ranked fourth among Chicago skaters.

Over 10 seasons in the NHL with Chicago (2010-14), Florida (2014-16), Anaheim (2015-16), New York Rangers (2016-17) and Vegas (2017-20), the 29-year-old forward has tallied 121 points (72G, 49A) in 275 contests. He scored a career-high 22 goals with the Panthers during the 2014-15 season and a career-high 29 points (14G, 15A) during the 2015-16 season split between Florida and Anaheim.

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Goaltending Questions For The Vegas Golden Knights

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

The Vegas Golden Knights enter the offseason with questions about the futures of goalies Robin Lehner and Marc-Andre Fleury.

"We don't have those answers for you right now," general manager Kelly McCrimmon said Wednesday. "But [the] first order of business, I think, in many respects, is to sort that out."

Goaltending was not the issue when the Golden Knights lost to the Dallas Stars in the Western Conference Final. Vegas scored eight goals in five games.

But it is a burning issue now because Lehner can become an unrestricted free agent after this season (Oct. 9) and took the starting job from Fleury, who is signed for two more seasons at an average annual value of $7 million. Lehner turned 29 on July 24; Fleury turns 36 on Nov. 28.

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The Vegas Golden Knights Can’t Find Their Offense

from David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Coming off an emotional Game 7 victory two nights earlier, Golden Knights coach Pete DeBoer reached deep into his psychological playbook in an attempt to prevent a letdown Sunday.

But Marc-Andre Fleury’s return didn’t help the Knights break out of their offensive slump.

The Knights were shut out for the second time in the past three games, losing 1-0 to the Dallas Stars in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final....

“Tonight just took us too long to get into the game,” Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt said. “It took us too long to get that energy, that fire, that bravado that you need to play in these types of games.

“You got to be able to be on your toes from the drop of the puck to be successful when it gets down to this few teams.”

Defenseman John Klingberg scored for the Stars at 2:36 of the first period, and goaltender Anton Khudobin made it stand up with 25 saves for his first career playoff shutout.

The Knights were playing their third game in four nights and couldn’t muster much of an attack against the Stars, who finished the regular season with the second-best goals against in the league and reverted to that style to protect the early advantage.

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Video- Ryan Reaves Suspended One Game

NEW YORK (Sept. 5, 2020) – Vegas Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves has been suspended for one game for an illegal check to the head of Vancouver Canucks forward Tyler Motte during Game 7 of the teams’ Second Round series in Edmonton on Friday, Sept. 4, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.

The incident occurred at 16:26 of the second period. Reaves was assessed a match penalty for illegal check to the head.

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Video- Ryan Reaves Will Have A Hearing Today For Hit On Tyler Motte

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The Vegas Golden Knights Can’t Beat Thatcher Demko, Now Face A Game 7

from David Schoen of the Las egas Review-Journal,

The Knights peppered Vancouver Canucks backup goalie Thatcher Demko for the second straight game, but couldn’t crack the rookie in 4-0 loss Thursday night in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals.

The best-of-seven series wraps up at 6 p.m. Friday at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, with the Knights in danger of losing a 3-1 series lead for the second consecutive postseason.

“This is a different group, different team,” said coach Pete DeBoer, who was on the other side last season when the Knights squandered a 3-1 lead to the San Jose Sharks.

“We’ve hit a group over there that’s feeling confident and getting great goaltending, and that’s going to happen on the playoff trail. You’ve got to find a way. This is our adversity, and we’ve got to stick together and come through it.”

The Canucks used the same rope-a-dope formula that worked in Game 5 on Tuesday to extend the series, leaning on Demko and scoring a few timely goals along the way.

Demko finished with 48 stops in place of Jacob Markstrom and preserved an early lead while Vancouver went more than 19 minutes of the first and second periods without a shot on goal.

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Video- Marc-Andre Fleury With A Statement, His Agent, The Tweet And Moving On

Five minutes long.

 

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Take This How You Wish

In case you are not aware, Walsh is the agent for Fleury.

 

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Broadcasting From ‘Home’

from Ben Gotz of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Dave Goucher and Shane Hnidy use the same broadcast booth at T-Mobile Arena now that they do for every Golden Knights home game.

That’s about the only part of their job that hasn’t changed this postseason....

Goucher and Hnidy’s view from the booth has changed drastically.

Instead of looking at a sold-out crowd, they’re staring at empty seats. And instead of watching a live hockey game, they’re watching feeds from Rogers Place and trying to describe the action.

Goucher and Hnidy have three monitors in the booth so they can see what’s happening on the ice.

There’s a 50- to 55-inch screen about 2 feet in front of them that shows the “host feed,” provided by the NHL’s national broadcast partners Rogers (Canada) and NBC (U.S.). It’s essentially the same look viewers get.

“Whatever you would be watching on TV, that’s what we’re watching,” Goucher said.

Another monitor helps Hnidy keep up with replays, and the third previews the graphics that AT&T SportsNet shows on the broadcast.

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Video- Ryan Reaves With A Hit To The Head Of Nick Schmaltz

No call on the play.

 

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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

 

added 6:17pm, Toronto release is below.

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Vegas Sending Colin Miller To Buffalo

 

added 6:46pm, Buffalo release is below.

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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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