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The Vegas Golden Knights Beat The Colorado Avalanche In the Battle Of The Big Boys

from Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

It might not be official, but things have reached city limits: Consider the Golden Knights the best varsity team in the Honda West Division.

The Knights beat Colorado 5-2 on Wednesday night before 3,950 at T-Mobile Arena, creating what should be an insurmountable cushion between them and the Avalanche for first place.

And, yeah, that matters a lot.

And, yeah, those in the lead hate to even consider having such an edge.

“A huge, huge result for the standings,” Knights coach Pete DeBoer said. “It gives us a real chance. We still have a lot of business to take care of over the last two weeks, but it sets up that our destiny is in our own hands. Which is at least what you want heading into the last few weeks of a season.”

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Mattias Janmark To The Vegas Golden Knights From The Chicago Blackhawks

In a follow up tweet, Dreger says the Sharks are involved too.

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Video- Ryan Reaves Hit Today

No penalty, play on.

 

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Video- Chandler Stephenson Suspended Three Games

Elbowing.

 

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Video- A Player Safety Hearing Today For Chandler Stephenson

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Vegas Golden Knights Win Their Way Against The Colorado Avalanche

from Ed Grainey of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

I’m not sure who would be doubting a team that has won as much as the Golden Knights. But if that perceived slight gives you the motivation to get a significant road split, who’s to argue?

It’s not just that the Knights defeated Colorado 3-2 in overtime Saturday. It’s how they won. Playing their way.

We saw Thursday what happens when they don’t against this specific side. It’s not pretty.
Responding to a 5-1 loss in which they were dominated two days earlier, the Knights remained atop the Honda West Division because they refused to get caught up in another track meet.

They can’t beat Colorado that way. Patience isn’t just a key against the Avalanche. It’s the only way to succeed. You either limit transition rushes or you lose.

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Alex Pietrangelo Continues To Be Out With An Upper-Body Injury

from Danny Webster at NHL.com,

Alex Pietrangelo will be out for "the foreseeable future" for the Vegas Golden Knights because of an upper-body injury, coach Peter DeBoer said Wednesday.

The defenseman returned to Las Vegas for further evaluation after he was injured blocking a shot in the third period of a 4-0 win against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday. Pietrangelo, who appeared to favor his left hand, did not play in a 2-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Monday.

"Obviously not a great sign that he returned home for evaluation," DeBoer said. "I'm not concerned it's long, long-term, but he's out for the foreseeable future."

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Mark Stone With Five Assists In A Comeback Win For The Vegas Golden Knights

from Ben Gotz of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Mark Stone soaked in the moment as he skated around the T-Mobile Arena ice following the Golden Knights’ game Monday.

The captain pumped his stick once. Twice. He threw his gloved hand in the air.

Fans were back in the Knights’ home building for the first time since March 3, 2020, and the team made sure to deliver a classic for the announced crowd of 2,605.

The Knights trailed 4-2 after two periods against the Minnesota Wild but rallied for a dramatic victory. Left wing Alex Tuch tied the game with 42 seconds left in the third period, and left wing Max Pacioretty scored his second goal to lift the team to a 5-4 win in overtime.

At the center of all of it was Stone, who finished with five assists in his second five-point night with the team. His massive performance helped snap Minnesota’s six-game winning streak and kept the Knights in first in the West Division.

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A Point Earned For Kelly McCrimmon

from Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

As it is, Pete DeBoer and his assistants were kept away from Tuesday night’s game against St. Louis at T-Mobile Arena because of COVID-19 protocols. There was an exposure on the staff when a member tested positive.

Welcome to the bench, then, the pride of the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Kelly McCrimmon traded in his general manager’s hat and assumed head coaching duties in a game the Knights would drop 5-4 in a shootout.

He spent 26 seasons with the Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League, holding roles from owner to general manager to head coach and more.

Translation: He knew his way to the ice.

“Usually, when you get a point at home, you don’t call it a good point,” McCrimmon said. “But when you’re down (4-2) in the third period, you do.”

Still, it was strange. McCrimmon was joined by the coaching staff of the American Hockey League’s Silver Knights. I can’t be certain, but I wouldn’t put it past much of anything that few Golden Knights players knew much about them before Tuesday.

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COVID Precaution For The Coaching Staff Of The Vegas Golden Knights

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Alex Pietrangelo Meets His Old Team Tonight

from Ben Gotz of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Pietrangelo is wearing a new symbol on his chest this year. He’ll get to stare across the ice at his old one for the first time when the Knights host the Blues at 6 p.m. Tuesday at T-Mobile Arena. Thanks to the NHL’s new division-only schedule, it’ll be the first of eight meetings this season between the teams.

“I knew this day would come eventually,” Pietrangelo said. “I’ve been joking that I guess if you’re going to do it, just do it eight times in one year and get past it.”

Pietrangelo will forever be a Blues legend for what he accomplished in St. Louis. The former fourth overall pick in 2008 ranks highly on several of the team’s leaderboards, including fifth in games played (758), third in assists (341) and ninth in points (450)....

He’s felt more comfortable the last few games. Coach Pete DeBoer said Pietrangelo has adapted better than most players. His best game may have been Sunday in a 1-0 victory against the Arizona Coyotes. The defenseman was aggressive in the offensive zone, firing a team-high four shots on goal, and moved the puck well in the defensive zone.

The Knights had a 10-4 edge in scoring chances when he was on the ice at five-on-five.

“World-class player,” DeBoer said. “(He’s been) open minded and coachable to everything we’re talking about, which is the most impressive thing when you have a guy with his pedigree.”

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The NHL Announces Two Games At Lake Tahoe

NEW YORK (Jan. 11, 2021) – The National Hockey League today announced a new event for the 2020-21 regular season, the NHL Outdoors at Lake Tahoe™, which will feature two regular-season outdoor games along the south shore of North America’s largest alpine lake, on the border of California and Nevada, in Stateline, Nev. Bridgestone NHL Outdoors Saturday will showcase the Colorado Avalanche and the Vegas Golden Knights on Feb. 20. Honda NHL Outdoors Sunday will feature the Philadelphia Flyers and the Boston Bruins on Feb. 21. Both games will be broadcast at 3 p.m. ET on NBC in the United States and on Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada. Both games will be played without spectators.

NHL Outdoors at Lake Tahoe™ continues the tradition the League established of staging outdoor games during the regular season, with the upcoming games in February marking the 31st and 32nd such events since 2003.

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Trade Talk In Vegas

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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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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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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.

added 1:38pm,

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.

added 1:50pm,

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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