Golden Knights center Jonathan Marchessault (81) gets ready to take the ice before morning skate ahead of game one of the NHL Western Conference quarterfinals Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at SAP Center, in San Jose, Calif. (Benjamin Hager/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @BenjaminHphoto The Golden Knights couldn’t completely hide their bitterness during Thursday’s exit interviews after a controversial ending to their second season, but there was also hope. The Knights players looked around their locker room, saw who is sticking around and began to envision the exciting possibilities for Year 3. “We’ll be right up there again,” forward Jonathan Marchessault said. “We’re going to be in the playoffs again, we’re going to be a great team again and I think the future definitely seems bright for us.” Ten of the Knights’ top 11 scorers are already under contract and all could return if restricted free agent center William Karlsson … [Read more...] about Golden Knights carry optimism for Year 3 into offseason — VIDEO
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Paul Sancya / AP Forward Mark Stone, the newest member of the Golden Knights, is shown as an Ottawa Senator against the Detroit Red Wings in December. By Justin Emerson (contact) Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 | 2 a.m. VGK Trade Deadline 2019 Related news Golden Knights get winger Mark Stone in trade NHL trade deadline looms, keeping Golden Knights players on edge The Golden Knights traded for Mark Stone on Monday, altering the present and future of the team. Stone, the former Ottawa Senators star forward, is one of the best all-around players in the league and certainly the biggest name to change teams at the trade deadline. He has 28 goals and 34 assists for 62 points in 59 games, all tops on his new team. He then agreed to an eight-year extension worth a reported $9.5 million annually, making him the foundation for the Golden Knights now and going forward. “Stone is the here, the now, the future,” general manager George McPhee said. “He is the type of player … [Read more...] about Hope rekindled: What Mark Stone brings to the Golden Knights
Plenty of eyebrows were raised last year when the Florida Panthers left forward Jonathan Marchessault unprotected in the NHL expansion draft for the Vegas Golden Knights to snatch up. A 30-goal scorer the prior season on a cost-effective contract, his surprise availability was a combination of a Florida regime change, the Panthers’ desire to protect several young defensemen instead and the fact Marchessault is only 5 feet 9 in a league that often prioritizes size. But then, fearful of losing other exposed youngsters, the Panthers got too cute for their own good in a predraft deal by offering the Knights underproducing forward Reilly Smith for just a fourth-round entry draft choice if Vegas guaranteed it would select Marchessault instead of any of their other players. Bottom line: Marchessault and Smith went on to form two of the Knights’ top four scorers last season for next to no cost. It was but one example of how Vegas general manager George McPhee shrewdly leveraged new … [Read more...] about Seattle’s NHL team will get same favorable expansion draft rules as Vegas Golden Knights. What happens next is anyone’s guess.
Mark Humphrey / AP Golden Knights defenseman Shea Theodore plays against the Nashville Predators in the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. By Jesse Granger (contact) Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 | 11:30 p.m. The Golden Knights fell to the Colorado Avalanche Monday night at T-Mobile Arena, but general manager George McPhee likely didn’t see much of the first period. McPhee was tending to something more important: signing his young talented defenseman Shea Theodore, who has remained unsigned and missed all of camp and the preseason to this point. Sometime during the first intermission, McPhee and Theodore agreed on a seven-year, $36.4 million deal that will keep Theodore in Las Vegas through the 2024-25 season. “It’s huge for us,” coach Gerard Gallant said. “He’s one of our top players and we’re definitely glad to have him back. It’s awesome. Good news for us tonight.” News of the … [Read more...] about Golden Knights sign Theodore; Gallant calls 7-year deal ‘huge for us’
Vegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson, talks to the news media at City National Arena Friday, June 8, 2018. K.M. Cannon Las Vegas Review-Journal @KMCannonPhotoWilliam Karlsson of the Golden Knights poses with the Lady Byng Trophy during the NHL Awards at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. Chase Stevens Las Vegas Review-Journal @csstevensphotoVegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson (71) during the first period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Erik Verduzco Las Vegas Review-Journal @Erik_VerduzcoVegas Golden Knights center William Karlsson (71) shoots the puck during a team practice at City National Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 26, 2018. Richard Brian Las Vegas Review-Journal @vegasphotograph William Karlsson’s new contract with the Golden Knights is a win-win. The restricted free agent was handsomely rewarded Saturday for his career season, and the Knights can wait … [Read more...] about Golden Knights, William Karlsson agree to 1-year, $5.25M deal