Today Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee came on the NHL Network and discussed the current state of the hockey club. Now that the club becomes an active member of the league they can start making transactions.
George applauded team Owner Bill Foley with the work that he and the organization has done by stepping the final payment date from the original its time frame of April 1st. He also stressed that he wants the Vegas hockey club to be a competitive team in the NHL.
McPhee mentioned the importance this day meant for the franchise on competition level with junior and college free agent as well as participating in next week’s General Manager meeting which is scheduled for March 6th.
In addition, McPhee talked about what Vegas’s plan are going forward both in the short term and the long term particularly with the NHL Expansion draft is approaching.
He highlighted that they need to do more analysis of the current fabric of players that are from the around the league to get a better understanding of the hockey universe.
The Stanley Cup topic was also discussed and George did not commit to an official time frame about the franchise when or will accomplish that milestone. He did however briefly touch on the primary focus of the present that the team needs to do on the what.
The what it was referring to is his hockey club needs to be competitive.
George also advertised what the Vegas community has to offer for NHL players that may want to come play for the Golden Knights organization. He talked about the Summerlin practice facility and its proximity to the strip and that Summerlin is excellent place for hockey families to live.
An important selling point he did point out is that the state of Nevada does not have an in house income tax which is something that will entice hockey talent from around the league.