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Peter DeBoer Headed Out The Door In Vegas

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VEGAS (May 16, 2022) - Vegas Golden Knights General Manager Kelly McCrimmon announced today, May 16, changes to the team's coaching staff: Pete DeBoer has been relieved of his coaching duties.

"We would like to thank Pete DeBoer for his commitment to the Vegas Golden Knights over the past three seasons," said Vegas Golden Knights General Manager Kelly McCrimmon. "Since joining the organization, Pete and his staff have guided us through some of the most unique and challenging circumstances we've witnessed since our franchise entered the NHL. After lengthy discussions over the last two weeks, we believe that a new coach will put us in the best position to succeed next season."

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Mark Stone On His Back Issues

from Ben Gotz of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

The Mark Stone the Golden Knights got at the end of the year wasn’t the same as the one they had before then.

He said he “felt OK” after returning April 12 from a back injury that limited him to 37 games, but his production dipped. He wasn’t as much of the two-way force that led to his first All-Star Game appearance in February.

Stone’s offseason, while longer than he hoped, will give him plenty of time to get right physically before next season begins. The Knights’ captain is evaluating options and hasn’t ruled out getting surgery.

He said he believes he will find a solution that keeps him productive through the remaining five years of his contract and beyond.

“I’ve talked to a few players around the league that have gone through similar situations as me,” Stone said. “Some that are still playing at 37, 38 years old and were sitting on their couch at 30 thinking they were going to retire. I’m confident. Now it’s just on me to find the right advice, find the right plan and get healed so this doesn’t happen again.”

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The Vegas Golden Knights Will Be Looking At The Playoffs From The Outside

from Ben Gotz of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

he Golden Knights, ultimately, were the ones to beat themselves.

Their playoff fate didn’t come down to a game in Dallas. It wasn’t about the help they did or didn’t receive. The Knights were eliminated when right wing Michael Amadio’s backhand shootout attempt met goaltender Kevin Lankinen’s right pad Wednesday at United Center, sending them to a 4-3 loss against the Blackhawks.

The dropped point will keep them out of the postseason for the first time in the five-year history of the franchise. Even if Amadio’s aim was true and the Knights rallied to win, Dallas had the Western Conference’s final playoff berth locked up after a 4-3 overtime loss to Arizona.

The disappointment leaves the team searching for answers ahead of what could be an eventful offseason. The Knights were the preseason co-Stanley Cup favorites with Colorado. One team is atop the Western Conference standings. The other won’t play past Friday, which is why Wednesday could have ramifications for the Knights for years to come.

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Jack Eichel Really Hasn’t Helped The Vegas Golden Knights

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

On paper, this might be the best team in the NHL. After all, Vegas reached the Stanley Cup final as an expansion team in 2018 with a bunch of cast-offs that nobody wanted. Now, they have a roster of all-stars such as Eichel, Mark Stone and Alex Pietrangelo — as well as the lack of cap space to prove it.

Then again, $100-million doesn’t buy you what it used to.

With Eichel in the lineup, the Golden Knights are 14-14-3. In a bit of schadenfreude, the Sabres are 15-14-3 during that same span.

It turns out that Eichel, who has 12 goals and 21 points in 31 games, hasn’t been the missing piece for a team that lost in the conference final in each of the past two years. He’s just been a piece that has a knack for continually missing the mark. How else to explain why Vegas, which is so stacked that 29-goal Jonathan Marchessault is playing on the third line, is on the outside looking in?

Sure, injuries have hurt them. Eichel, Stone and Pacioretty have combined to miss 130 games this season, while defenceman Alec Martinez has appeared in only 23 games. But Los Angeles has been without Drew Doughty, who is out for the rest of the season. And they have found a way to keep winning games.

Vegas, meanwhile, continues to find new ways to lose them.

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VGK Announce Robin Lehner Is Out For The Season

via the Vegas Golden Knights,

Robin Lehner will undergo shoulder surgery and will miss the remainder of the 2021-22 season.

Robin has done his best to battle through this injury he sustained February 9, and we were hopeful that rest and rehab would allow him to complete the season.

He initially rehabbed and was able to return to play March 1. At times rest and rehab were effective, but ultimately Robin, in consultation with team medical staff, determined that this is the best course of action.

The Golden Knights have recalled Jiri Patera from Henderson.

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Why Are The Vegas Golden Knights On The Outside Looking In?

from Adam Proteau of The Hocke News,

After blowing a lead and eventually losing to the lowly San Jose Sharks in a shootout Sunday, the Vegas Golden Knights hovered where they’ve been for a while now – on the outside of the Western Conference playoff picture, looking in.

With three regular-season games left for them, the Golden Knights are six points behind the Los Angeles Kings (who have only two games left) for third place in the Pacific Division. Vegas also trails the Dallas Stars by three points for the second wild-card berth in the West, and the Golden Knights trail Nashville by four points for the first wild card position.

Although there weren’t a majority of hockey analysts who projected Vegas to be the best team in the West, it’s also fair to say analysts believed the Golden Knights would be a playoff team. And now that it’s looking likely they’ll miss out on the post-season, the Golden Knights’ assignment of blame has to include more than just one single target.

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Surgery For Robin Lehner

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via David Schoen tweet,

Golden Knights coach Pete DeBoer said the reports Robin Lehner is undergoing season-ending surgery are not accurate to his knowledge.

"It was a maintenance day today. I expect him at practice tomorrow and I expect him dressed on Sunday."

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It’s Gone Wrong For The Vegas Golden Knight

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

This is not what the Vegas Golden Knights envisioned when they signed defenseman Alex Pietrangelo away from the Blues as a free agent.

This is not what they foresaw after acquiring wingers Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone, defenseman Alec Martinez, goaltender Robin Lehner, winger Evgenii Dadonov and center Jack Eichel with willy-nilly trades.

This is not what they sought while firing original coach Gerard Gallant and hiring Peter DeBoer.

For all of their aggressive wheeling and dealing — much of it senseless — the Golden Knights sit outside of the Western Conference playoff bracket with five games to play.

Meanwhile the Blues have already clinched another playoff berth with their cleverly retooled roster. General manager Doug Armstrong has remained aggressive, but, unlike his Vegas counterparts, he doesn’t lunge at every bright shiny object.

In the NHL’s salary cap world, spastic management can create a mess — as the Golden Knights proved.

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About The VGK Home Loss To The NJD

from Ben Gotz of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

One team entered with everything to play for. The other, nothing but pride.

It turns out pride was enough.

“At the end of the day, no one’s going to make us play in the playoffs,” Marchessault said. “We have to earn it, and we’re definitely not earning it.”

There are images from Monday that probably will be burned into the Knights’ brains if they’re no longer playing hockey at the end of the month.

Their 23 missed shots. The stunned building in the third period. The frame of center Jesper Boqvist muscling his way toward the net for a game-winning goal that warmed the hearts of every Los Angeles, Dallas and Nashville fan.

It wasn’t supposed to go that way for the Knights. They were at home and facing a team that entered Monday with the fifth-fewest points in the NHL. The opposing goaltender was 34-year-old Andrew Hammond, who had a 3.98 goals-against average and .874 save percentage.

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Video- The Hit On Brett Howden

via David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Howden was carrying the puck in the neutral zone when he tripped and fell to the ice. Nashville’s Filip Forsberg landed on Howden’s back, and they slid into the boards in front of the Predators’ bench. There was no penalty called on the play.

Howden crashed face-first and remained on the ice while receiving medical attention. The game was delayed for nine minutes before he was taken off on a stretcher.

DeBoer said officials asked if the Knights wanted to start the first-period intermission early, but they declined so they could stay with Howden while he was being treated on the ice.

“I thought liberty was taken,” DeBoer said. “He was in a vulnerable position. I thought he got driven into the boards from behind in a dangerous spot. My initial concern is obviously about our player. It was a really dangerous hit. Anytime you see someone get stretchered off your concern is there.”

The Knights said Howden was in stable condition and sent to a hospital for further evaluation. He had full movement, DeBoer added.

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Not A Good Year For The Vegas Golden Knights

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

You’ve got to hand it to the hockey gods. They sure have a warped — if not wicked — sense of humour.

Or maybe they just have a soft spot for the Sabres.

How else to explain why the Vegas Golden Knights, who have gone from expansion team to all-star team in five short years, are suddenly on the outside looking in at a playoff spot?

They can’t seem to get healthy. They can’t seem to win any games. Heck, they can’t even get a trade to pass through NHL Central Registry without violating a player’s no-trade clause. Add it all up and it looks like Jack Eichel, who left Buffalo because he was tired of losing, could be on his way to extending his post-season drought to seven seasons.

Even if the Golden Knights manage to get into the playoffs — they are currently one point back of Dallas for the final wild -card spot in the West, having played four more games than the eighth-place Stars — it’s unclear whether they will be able to ice a full roster when they get there.

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Evgenii Dadonov Trade Has Been Invalidated

NEW YORK (March 23, 2022) – The National Hockey League announced today that it has invalidated Monday’s trade of Player Evgenii Dadonov from Vegas to Anaheim. The trade could not be concluded because Dadonov’s contract includes a limited no-trade clause, which has not been complied with.

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Evgenii Dadonov’s Trade In Dispute

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Ducks/Knights Trade

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Jack Eichel’s Injury Is Concerning For Te Vegas Golden Knights

via David Schoen of the Las Vegas-Review Journal,

Golden Knights center Jack Eichel is doubtful for Saturday’s game against Los Angeles at T-Mobile Arena, and coach Pete DeBoer said his upper-body injury is a “big concern.”

The Knights were still awaiting test results Friday morning.

“It could be anywhere from a couple of days to more than that,” DeBoer said.

Eichel blocked a shot late in the second period of Thursday’s 5-3 victory over Florida and did not play in the third.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Contact David Schoen at dschoen@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5203. Follow @DavidSchoenLVRJ on Twitter.

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Robin Lehner Injury May Keep Him Out For The Regular Season

from Frank Seravalli of the Daily Faceoff,

For the first time, Vegas coach Pete DeBoer was critical of the Golden Knights’ goaltending after a 7-3 thrashing by the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.

“We just didn’t get in front of enough pucks,” DeBoer said when asked about the goaltending. “It’s pretty simple. I’m not a goaltending expert, but you’ve got to get in front of a couple.”

The Golden Knights haven’t offered up much in terms of injury updates with nearly $40 million in payroll sidelined: Robin Lehner, Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty, Reilly Smith, Alec Martinez and Brayden McNabb are all out.

We’re told the update on Lehner is not positive.

Sources say Lehner suffered patella fracture, a crack in his knee cap, which would explain why he was spotted on crutches when heading home from Vegas’ road trip.

The team is still attempting to determine an exact timeframe for a potential Lehner return, but coupled with the torn labrum in his shoulder that he was already playing through, the fear is Lehner could miss the remainder of the regular season.

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The Faltering Vegas Golden Knights

from David Schoen of the Las Vegas-Review Journal,

The five-game road trip the Golden Knights completed Tuesday was supposed to be when they gained ground in the Pacific Division and made their push toward the postseason.

Not only were the Knights riding the high of an emotional home victory over Ottawa on March 6, the swing back east featured four teams that were well out of the playoff picture.

Instead, the Knights limped home battered and bruised with a franchise-record losing streak after a 7-3 pounding from the Winnipeg Jets at Canada Life Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

“It feels like we’ve got to play a perfect game right now,” coach Pete DeBoer said. “That’s a big ask for our group. Most nights on this trip we’ve had most of those things going. Just not enough to win.”

The short-handed Knights were unable to stop the bleeding and lost their fifth straight in regulation for the first time in franchise history.

They were outscored 23-11 by Philadelphia, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Columbus and the Jets, including 9-2 in the first period, despite holding a plus-47 advantage in shots on goal.

In the final three games, the Knights were torched for 18 goals. The seven allowed to Winnipeg is a season high.

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The Vegas Golden Knights Have Decisions To Make

from David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Golden Knights general manager Kelly McCrimmon already faced a dilemma about how to approach the trade deadline.

With the latest injury news Monday, the decision-making process became even more difficult for the front office.

Goaltender Robin Lehner and winger Reilly Smith were placed on injured reserve, according to the NHL media website, and McCrimmon must figure out between now and next Monday’s deadline whether he wants to be a buyer for the reeling club.

The biggest question mark immediately becomes the gaping hole in net without Lehner, who has battled various injuries since December.

Lehner hasn’t played since March 8 when he made 19 stops in a 2-1 loss at Philadelphia. He did not practice the following day in Buffalo and was sent back to Las Vegas for further tests on a lower-body injury, according to coach Pete DeBoer.

Lehner also has been battling an upper-body injury, which Daily Faceoff reported is a torn labrum that will require surgery.

The Knights pinned their Stanley Cup hopes on Lehner after trading fan favorite Marc-Andre Fleury in the offseason, but are left with two untested netminders and must weigh whether to find a temporary No. 1.

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Jack Eichel’s Night

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

When Jack Eichel was traded to Vegas in November, he had to immediately be thinking Stanley Cup. In the madness of March, Eichel and the Golden Knights better have a completely different thought.

They're no sure thing to even make the playoffs. The Sabres fans who crushed Eichel with boos Thursday night in KeyBank Center will be rooting for his new team to lose the rest of the way out of spite – but it could actually help the Buffalo rebuild, too.

The first postseason miss in Vegas franchise history would sure be one delicious bit of irony in the eyes of Buffalo fans, and don't forget about how that would impact the Sabres come summer at the NHL draft. The Sabres own Vegas' first-round pick, and the Golden Knights missing the playoffs could land the Buffalo pick in the Nos. 10-15 range, when you were reasonably thinking Nos. 25-32 the day the trade was made.

(It should be noted the pick is Top-10 protected, something you never thought would be relevant in November. The Sabres would have to wait until 2023 to make the pick if Vegas lands in the top 10).

The atmosphere in Thursday's return game was toxic from the second Eichel took the ice for warmup.

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The Vegas Golden Knights Have Interest In Marc-Andre Fleury

from Frank Seravalli of the Daily Faceoff,

While all eyes are fixed on Jack Eichel, who is set to make his Golden Knights debut on Wednesday against the best-in-West Colorado Avalanche thanks in part to a timely injury, there is perhaps a more interesting situation brewing in the Vegas crease.

GM Kelly McCrimmon indicated on Monday that goaltender Robin Lehner has an “upper-body” injury, which sources say is a torn labrum in his shoulder that will eventually require surgery. Lehner underwent a procedure in the same shoulder in Oct. 2020. He may be able to battle through to finish this season, though that much is not certain.

Because of that uncertainty, McCrimmon and the Golden Knights have been working the phones to gauge the availability of goaltenders around the league.

And that’s where it gets juicy.

Team sources say the Golden Knights have expressed interest in a potential reunion with goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.

Yes, you read that correctly. The same Vezina Trophy-winning netminder that the Golden Knights traded for nothing last July, unceremoniously dumping the face of the franchise.

Will it happen?

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Vegas Golden Knights May Have Found Cap Room For Jack Eichel

from Jesse Granger of The Athletic,

Golden Knights captain Mark Stone missed Wednesday night’s game in Calgary, and coach Pete DeBoer called the injury “something he’s been dealing with off and on for a while here now.”...

Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff reported Thursday morning that “league sources speculate captain Mark Stone could be placed on LTIR for (the rest) of the regular season with a back injury.”

That news sent the hockey world into a frenzy, considering the timing. Star center Jack Eichel, who the Golden Knights traded for in November, is nearing his return to the ice after recovering from neck surgery. Eichel joined the team for his first practice back on Jan. 11, and was cleared for contact on Monday.

Eichel’s $10 million cap hit, which has been stored on LTIR to this point, puts Vegas well above the $81.5 million limit. In order to activate him to the active roster, the Golden Knights could be forced to shed upward of $7 million in salary. That would require trading an important piece from the current roster.

If Stone were to be placed on LTIR, his $9.5 million cap hit would be off the books, clearing space for Eichel’s return with no need for a trade.

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Pittsburgh Penguins With Five Unanswered Goals In Win Over Vegas Golden Knights

from David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

The Golden Knights were worried about how they would start Monday against the Penguins in their first game in six days.

The beginning wasn’t the problem for the slumping Knights, who jumped out to a three-goal advantage. It was their inability to sustain that level of play over the final 40 minutes that proved costly.

Wobbled by a haymaker from Pittsburgh in the second period, the Knights buckled in the third and lost 5-3 to the red-hot Penguins in front of an announced crowd of 18,213 at T-Mobile Arena.

“You never want to get waxed in your own building like that,” Knights captain Mark Stone said. “Three-nothing after the first period, you can’t walk away from the game with nothing. We have another two days off between here. A little soul-searching to do.”...

“Every team in the league is going to blow a 3-0 lead at some point during the season. The key is, what do you learn from it?” coach Pete DeBoer said. “That’s a very good team over there. Very resilient team with a lot of veteran, great players. It comes down to little details at key moments in the game, and they were better than us at some of those.”

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Video- A Late Scrum Between The New Jersey Devils And Vegas Golden Knights

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

With 15 seconds left in the third period, Mason Geertsen goes after Alex Pietrangelo and a huge scrum ensues between the New Jersey Devils and Vegas Golden Knights.

Geertsen and Pietrangelo along with Robin Lehner received misconducts.

 

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Jack Eichel To Vegas

 

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added 9:07am, Vegas Is going to have cap issues...

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A Six-Year Extension For Zach Whitecloud

VEGAS (October 28, 2021) – Vegas Golden Knights General Manager Kelly McCrimmon announced today, October 28, that the team has signed defenseman Zach Whitecloud to a six-year contract extension through the 2027-28 season worth an average annual value of $2,750,000.

Whitecloud has appeared in 72 career games for the Golden Knights and has recorded 14 points (2 G, 12 A) to go with 30 penalty minutes. He has also appeared in 39 Stanley Cup Playoff games for Vegas, recording seven points (3 G, 4 A). He has appeared in four NHL games this season, collecting one assist.  During the 2019-20 season, the Brandon, Manitoba native appeared in 35 games for the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves and had seven points (2 G, 5 A) to go with 18 penalty minutes. During the 2018-19 season with Chicago, Whitecloud recorded 28 points (6 G, 22 A) to go with 52 penalty minutes in 74 regular-season games in his first full professional season. In the 2019 Calder Cup Playoffs, Whitecloud posted 15 points (3 G, 12 A) to go with 15 penalty minutes in 22 playoff games. He made his NHL debut with the Golden Knights at the Edmonton Oilers on April 5, 2018. Whitecloud signed with the Golden Knights on March 8, 2018 after finishing his collegiate career with Bemidji State University.

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Struggles Continue For The Vegas Golden Knights

from David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

The Golden Knights showed flashes of turning the corner Sunday.

They registered more than 40 shots on goal for the second time in three games and cleaned up many of the defensive mistakes in the final two periods.

But it still wasn’t good enough.

The Knights couldn’t get a puck past goalie Ilya Sorokin and lost 2-0 to the New York Islanders in front of an announced crowd of 17,699 at T-Mobile Arena.

It was the fourth straight loss for the Knights, the first time that’s happened since Pete DeBoer was hired as coach Jan. 15, 2020. At 1-4, they also matched 2018-19 for their worst start in franchise history.

“When I look at our game, I thought we took a step last game and another tonight,” DeBoer said. “If you look at our record, are we a 1-4 team that’s going to miss the playoffs and have 50 or 60 points? I’m going to say we’re not. I think on all aspects, we want to just keep improving every day and judge all those things at the end of the year.”

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Vegas Golden Knights Injury Report

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Robin Lehner Plans To Push For Progress

from Ben Gotz of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner, three days after tweeting about issues with player health and medical treatment, said Tuesday he has had productive calls with the NHL and NHL Players Association about potential changes.

Lehner said he tried other avenues before taking to Twitter on Saturday, but wasn’t seeing results. He said he’s excited after the initial talks and now plans to push for progress behind closed doors.

“All I’m asking is to be a part of that change, that discussion to fix some of the things for us as players,” Lehner said. “I don’t want to see any player suffer in silence anymore.”

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The Vegas Golden Knights Still Shooting For The Stanley Cup

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

Mark Stone was blunt after the Vegas Golden Knights were eliminated by the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Semifinals last season, saying it fell on the top players and he'd have to see what went wrong.

So now that he has had a chance to process it, what did go wrong? What did he learn? What will it take for the Golden Knights to take the next step this season, starting with their regular-season opener against the Seattle Kraken at T-Mobile Arena on Oct. 12 (10 p.m. ET; ESPN, SN, TVAS)?

"I think there were a lot of things that went through my mind for a month, thinking about it," the Vegas captain said. "I don't think I handled the pressure well. I don't think I … obviously, my game changed because of it. I think there were a lot of guys that felt the same kind of pressure, and we didn't battle adversity as well as we [would've] liked."

The Golden Knights have played four seasons in the NHL and made the Stanley Cup Playoffs four times, including the semifinal round twice and the Cup Final once. They had the most wins (40) and tied the Colorado Avalanche for the most points (82) last season, losing the Presidents' Trophy due to the regulation-wins tiebreaker (35-30).

That's incredible and still not good enough, because their only goal is the Cup.

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Gary Bettman On Robin Lehner And Jack Eichel

from Sportsnet,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman joined The Jeff Marek Show on Monday and was asked about his perspective on Lehner's position.

"We take his comments seriously and we'd like in short order to be in a conversation with him so we can hear his concerns directly and we're going to follow up to see what merit there may be to his concerns," Bettman said. "You don't have to tweet to get our attention. We have an 800 number people can call. You can call us directly, we're an open book. But if he has concerns we want to hear them and see how they need to be addressed."...

Bettman was asked for his latest insight into the ongoing Eichel situation.

"We're pretty up to speed in terms of what's going on," Bettman said. "And there's a legitimate disagreement among doctors as to what the course of treatment would be best, both in the short-term and long-term and that's something everybody's wrestling with.

"It's a terrible situation. I don't think it's fair to point the finger at anybody in terms of who's right and wrong. I think everybody's approaching this with the best intentions and that the injury is complex both in its diagnosis and its treatment and I think people need to be a little more patient."

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Vegas Golden Knights Thinking Stanley Cup

from Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

The Golden Knights opened training camp Thursday, and a few things were immediately evident about the coming season:

1. Coach Pete DeBoer won’t have to answer as many questions about who will be in goal on a particular night.

2. There is a great chance the Pacific Division is so bad that the Knights will resemble the ’27 Yankees and could start a third line of Ruth, Gehrig and Lazzeri and still win in a skate-over.

3. The expectations to lift a Stanley Cup are as robust as ever.

“Good to see you in person,” DeBoer told assembled media. “You look better in masks.”

It felt normal again. City National Arena was packed with fans for the team’s initial workout, conjuring memories of those pre-pandemic turnouts. The dude waving his giant flag was there. So was the one who periodically breaks into loud cheers … by himself.

It was also different. There was no Marc-Andre Fleury in net, the Vezina Trophy winner now making windmill saves in Chicago. A slimmed down Robin Lehner is firmly supplanted as the starter in Las Vegas. There was no Ryan Reaves joking with teammates, although you can still find his signature 7Five beer inside adjacent MacKenzie River Pizza. But only in cans.

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Nolan Patrick Signs A Two-Year Contract With The Vegas Golden Knights

VEGAS (September 19, 2021) - Vegas Golden Knights General Manager Kelly McCrimmon announced today, September 19, that the team has signed forward Nolan Patrick to a two-year contract worth an average annual value of $1,200,000.

Patrick, 23, has appeared in 197 NHL games, all with the Philadelphia Flyers, and has posted 70 points (30 G, 40 A) after being selected as the second overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. He recorded a career-high 31 points (13 G, 18 A) during the 2018-19 season with Philadelphia. The Winnipeg, Manitoba native also spent three full seasons playing with the Western Hockey League's Brandon Wheat Kings.

Patrick was acquired by the Golden Knights from the Nashville Predators on July 17, 2021. He was a first-round selection (2nd overall) during the 2017 NHL Entry Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers.

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Questions For The Toronto Maple Leafs And Vegas Golden Knights

from Mike Zeisberger of NHL.com,

Has the goaltending been upgraded?

Jack Campbell and Petr Mrazek will be tasked with helping the Maple Leafs go on a deep run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs after Frederik Andersen signed a two-year contract with the Carolina Hurricanes on July 29. Andersen won 149 games over five seasons with Toronto, but the Maple Leafs did not win a playoff series. Campbell was 17-3-2 with a 2.15 goals-against average and .921 save percentage for the Maple Leafs last season and set an NHL record with 11 wins to start the season. Mrazek signed a three-year contract as an unrestricted free agent July 28 after being limited to 12 starts with the Hurricanes last season because of a thumb injury. The 29-year-old was 6-2-3 with a 2.06 GAA, a .923 save percentage and three shutouts.

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from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

Can they continue to evolve their game for the playoffs?

The Dallas Stars defeated the Golden Knights in the 2020 Western Conference Final by taking away the middle of the ice and getting great goaltending. Afterward, Vegas coach Peter DeBoer said players needed to add layers to their games.

The Golden Knights faced two teams in the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs that used the same formula the Stars did: the Minnesota Wild and Montreal Canadiens. They defeated the Wild in seven games in the Stanley Cup First Round, and DeBoer said, "We found a way this year where a year ago I'm not confident we would have."

But after defeating the Colorado Avalanche in the second round, they lost to the Canadiens in six games in the Stanley Cup Semifinals. Too often, they got frustrated by Montreal's defensive structure, turned over the puck and fed its quick-strike offense. Vegas' top scorers struggled to produce at even strength and on the power play, which went 0-for-15 in the series.

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Evening Line- Frank Seravalli

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VGK Trade Ryan Reaves To The NYR

I go out for the first night in six months to ave a burger and a few pops.  Of course a trade is made.


NEW YORK, July 29, 2021 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has acquired forward Ryan Reaves from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft.

Reaves, 34, skated in 37 games with Vegas this past season, registering one goal and four assists for five points, along with 27 penalty minutes. He led the NHL (min. 20 games played) in hits per 60 minutes of ice time in 2020-21 (23.02), and he also led the Golden Knights in hits (141) this past season. Reaves skated in 12 games during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs while helping the Golden Knights advance to the Semifinals.

The 6-2, 225-pounder has skated in 686 career NHL games over parts of 11 seasons (2010-11 – 2020-21) with St. Louis, Pittsburgh, and Vegas, registering 49 goals and 52 assists for 101 points, along with 937 penalty minutes. Since the start of his first NHL season in 2010-11, Reaves ranks third in the NHL in hits (2,322), ranks seventh in the NHL in major penalties (75), and ranks eighth in the league in penalty minutes. He has averaged at least 20 hits per 60 minutes of ice time in each of his 11 NHL seasons, and he led the NHL in hits in back-to-back seasons in 2018-19 (305) and 2019-20 (316). Reaves has helped his team advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of the last 10 seasons, and he has skated in 84 postseason games in his NHL career. He helped Vegas advance to the Stanley Cup Final in 2017-18, and he also helped the Golden Knights advance to at least the third round of the playoffs in three of his four seasons with the team. Reaves was coached by current Rangers head coach Gerard Gallant for parts of three seasons with Vegas (2017-18 – 2019-20).

The Winnipeg, Manitoba native was originally selected by St. Louis in the fifth round, 156th overall, of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

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Video- Kelly McCrimmon On Trading Marc-Andre Fleury

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Watch as Vegas Golden Knights Kelly McCrimmon gives an opening statement explaining the entire process of trading future hall-of-famer Marc-Andre Fleury to the Blackhawks, including the social media leaks, the rationale and the why behind the trade, what Fleury's reaction to the deal was, and most importantly thanks Fleury for all his amazing years of service in the organization, wishing him the best in the future.

 

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Marc-Andre Fleury Headed To Chicago

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Video- Review Of Last Night’s Vegas/Montreal Game

Just over two minutes to watch.

 

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Change Needed For The Vegas Golden Knights

from Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

It happened again. The script never changed.

Third time’s a charm?

Not if the Golden Knights don’t make offseason changes.

They assumed position for the sort of handshake line they were neither expected nor favored to experience as the Knights on Thursday evening were eliminated from a Stanley Cup semifinal in a 3-2 overtime loss to Montreal at Bell Centre.

The Canadiens won the best-of-seven series 4-2 and advance to the Stanley Cup Final, a direct result of executing their structure far better than the Knights countered with theirs.

Sound familiar?

Can’t stand pat.

The Knights were sent home from Canada in a semifinal series for the second straight season, falling to Dallas in 2020 in the Edmonton bubble when they also couldn’t score enough to advance.

“There is another door we need to find to barge through at this time of year,” said Knights coach Pete DeBoer. “Everybody has to look in the mirror, coaches included. I think everything is on the table. We have to look at what we can do different from a coaching perceptive. We have to look at our personnel. I think everything is on the table.”

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The Vegas Golden Knights Need To Find Answers Quickly

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

There are moments in the playoffs when a coach has to coach, and moments when he has to psychoanalyze. Times when your players aren’t in the right places, which you can fix, and times when they’re positioned perfectly but not making the plays they are accustomed to making.

The latter describes the Vegas Golden Knights, a favourite in this Stanley Cup semifinal that is watching the life get squeezed out of them by the strangulating Montreal Canadiens.

Their power play — dead last in the NHL and goalless in this series — looks like five guys who just met at the 10 a.m. 40-and-over pickup game down at the community centre. And their execution — simple passes and plays they’ve made routinely until now — is as bad as the ice on which they skated Tuesday night in Vegas.

After being routed 4-1 in Game 5 in their own building by the Habs, we wondered if head coach Peter DeBoer will be using a whiteboard at Wednesday’s practice? Or a couch and a notepad?

Do his players need fresh strategy? Or do they need Bob Newhart?

“We’re searching for those answers. That’s our job here: to turn over every stone,” DeBoer said. “Is there some X-and-O answers? The moments in this series where we’ve had success, we’re doing certain things. But we’re not doing them for long enough stretches, and with enough participants.

“I don’t have a clear answer for you,” he decided, sort of. “We’ve been in this spot before, we’ve had adversity and responded the right way every time with this group. I’m confident we’ll be ready to go in Game 6.”

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The Struggles Of Mark Stone

from Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

It was seven games ago.

It seems like, well, forever with Mark Stone.

The Golden Knights are one loss from elimination in the NHL playoffs, meaning it might be a good time for their captain to join the fray.
Montreal had little issue skating into T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday night and leaving with a 4-1 victory before 17,969 in Game 5 of the best-of-seven Stanley Cup semifinal....

Should he register a point, it would be Stone’s first of the series....

Now, the team’s best player hasn’t in any way delivered like that against Montreal....

He is everything a captain should be — a consistent but unpretentious leader, incredibly driven to win, deferential to teammates at the first mention of his individual success.

But frustration has set in. That’s more obvious than the loud boos that greeted the Knights at different times Tuesday.

Example: It was Stone who turned the puck over at the blue line while the Knights were trying to kill a penalty midway through the second period and down 2-0. As the Canadiens rushed forward, Stone coasted behind, not back-checking with any level of authority.

His was more a casual stroll through the neighborhood.

Just an alarming lack of effort.

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Video- Quick Recap Montreal Canadiens/Vegas Golden Knights

Vegas won last night 2-1 in OT to tie the series at 2-2.

 

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Robin Lehner Responds For Vegas

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

If you thought Peter DeBoer was panicking when he made the call to sit Marc-Andre Fleury and play his backup in Game 4, Robin Lehner would like to thank you for your support.

Because in the hours before Lehner’s first star performance on Sunday night in Montreal, Lehner didn’t just lounge around watching the final round of the U.S. Open.

Instead, he did what most professional athletes would list as the very last thing they would do in his situation: he combed through Twitter to see what the hockey world was saying about his impending start.

“Not many people know,” Lehner began after a thrilling, 2-1 overtime win, “that I come to the game four hours early. I sat for two hours and watched you guys talk s— on Twitter about me, to get me motivated.

“I don’t care what people think,” he added, though his actions abjectly dispute that declaration.

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The Vegas/Montreal Series Is Tied 2-2

Nicholas Roy with the OT winner, Vegas beats Montreal 2-1 in OT.

On to Vegas for game 5 on Tuesday.

GWG in OT is below.

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The Vegas Experience

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Remember what we used to think about placing a professional sports team in Las Vegas?

That players would spend more time in the casinos than the gym. That game-fixing was inevitable, and only single players would want to be there. Certainly, “Sin City” was no place for spouses and children.

Vegas was all about Mike Tyson’s tigers and $500 bottle service. And anyhow, with all the locals working shift work at the hotels and casinos, how would they possible draw a loyal following?

Well, allow Vegas Golden Knights veteran defenceman Nick Holden — father to four children and a home owner in Vegas — to bring us up to speed on the Vegas experience, from a National Hockey League player’s perspective.

“Lots of guys have started to talk about retiring here,” said Holden, who grew up in the comfortable Edmonton suburb of St. Albert. “Once you get away from the strip, family living is awesome. The city has got everything you need, but it still feels pretty small. From our house out in Summerlin to the strip, you’re there in 15, 20 minutes.”

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Marc-Andre Fleury Entering Some Rare Air

from Dave Stubbs of NHL.com,

Marc-Andre Fleury has worked his way up the NHL goalie leaderboard with a style and flair as unique as his personality, and Patrick Roy, Martin Brodeur and Grant Fuhr are very much enjoying his journey.

Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights are tied with the Montreal Canadiens in the best-of-7 Stanley Cup Semifinals with Game 3 at Montreal on Friday (8 p.m. ET; USA, CBC, SN, TVAS).

In his 15th NHL postseason, 11 with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the past four with the Golden Knights, the 36-year-old native of Sorel, Quebec, has kicked, sprawled, pirouetted, windmilled, dived and grinned to 90 Stanley Cup Playoff wins, two short of tying Fuhr, the Edmonton Oilers legend, for third place.

First and second are Fleury's boyhood idols: fellow Quebec natives Roy, with 151 for the Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche; and Brodeur, with 113 for the New Jersey Devils.

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It’s A Series Now Between Montreal And Vegas

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Well… What do we have here?

That fourth-place team from the ultra-weak Canadian Division that was going to get swept by the Vegas Golden Knights?

Ya, they’re heading home with home-ice advantage after winning Game 2 by a 3-2 score, proving to the hockey world that, yes, the Montreal Canadiens can play with the Golden Knights.

“Those people who said we were going to sweep,” dismissed Vegas head coach Peter DeBoer, “are the same people who said that Colorado was going to sweep us.”

One of hockey’s more accurate quips has always been, “A series doesn’t start until the road team wins a game.”

On Tuesday evening in Las Vegas this series got whittled down to a best-of-five, with the Canadiens stealing home-ice advantage. All of which doesn’t surprise the veteran Golden Knights coach.

“You don’t get to the Final Four without knowing that this is going to be a battle,” DeBoer said post-game. “If it takes overtime and seven games, then it takes overtime and seven games. You just want to make sure you move on.

“We knew this wasn’t going to be easy — we have a tremendous amount of respect for their hockey team. They’ve beaten two very good teams to get here, and won a lot of games,” he concluded. “We’re in a better spot than we were last series after two games (down 2-0 to Colorado). We’ll go into Montreal and look to win a game.”

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The Vegas Golden Knights Take A 1-0 Series Lead Over The Montreal Canadiens

from the CP at TSN,

The uphill climb facing the Montreal Canadiens just got a little steeper.

The only Canadian team with a shot at the Stanley Cup gave up a 4-1 loss Monday in their first of a best-of-seven semifinal battle against the top-seeded Vegas Golden Knights.

It was Montreal's first game outside of Canada in 2021, and it came before a boisterous crowd of 17,884 — a far cry from what COVID-19 restrictions have allowed north of the border all season.

It was also against an imposing and powerful team, one the Habs haven't played all year, thanks to the one-time-only North Division — again, a product of the pandemic — that kept all their regular-season games against Canadian rivals.

"It's the situation that we're in this year — for everyone right now, at this stage, you're playing a team that you haven't played all year," said interim head coach Dominique Ducharme.

The Habs appeared to be keeping pace with the Knights throughout the first period Monday, but a sudden flurry of penalties in the second — including a fluke delay of game in the opening seconds — seemed to sap their strength.

"They have their strengths for sure, but we have ours also," Ducharme said. "I really liked the way we started, but the penalties really killed our momentum and our rhythm."

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Open Post- Day 29 Of The Stanley Cup Playofffs

An intriguing matchup starts tonight with the Vegas Golden Knights hosting the Montreal Canadiens.

We are about to find out if the Canadiens can continue their strong play or will the Golden Knights offensive power be too much?

Pre-game stats and numbers are below.


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Videos- Wrapping Up Vegas/Colorado

1:39 to watch the quick highlights and below view Nathan MacKinnon's post-game remarks.

 

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