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Las Vegas–With the NHL Free Agency negotiations window open, it looks like the Vegas Golden Knights will be moving on from James Neal and David Perron.
Both Neal and Perron were notable UFA’s with the Golden Knights among the forwards from their inaugural roster that went all the way the Stanley Cup Finals vs. the Washington Capitals.
It’s been reported by David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review Journal this evening that Neal and Perron are both players that were not able to come to an agreement with the Golden Knights on their respected contracts.
Schoen also pointed out that Neal and Perron have elected to listen to other suitors around the league while this negotiations window is currently open.
In their first season with the Golden Knights, Neal and Perron were part of the teams second line along with center Erik Haula.
Neal completed the season with 71 games played in a Knights uniform. In that span, he scored 25 goals, recorded 19 assists for 44 points and was -11. This marked the 10th consecutive season where he put together at least a 20 goal campaign.
Perron thru 70 games in Vegas last year netted 16 goals, added 50 assists for 66 points and was +1. His 50 assists was a career high for him.
His Agent Allan Walsh spoke with the Review Journal on the latest developments on the Perron front.
“There’s been significant interest in David today,” Walsh said to the Las Vegas Review Journal.“David has loved his time in Las Vegas. He loves his teammates. It’s a very special group.
Perron’s current 2-year deal on ends before July 1 and was worth $7,500,000 and had an AAV of $3.75 mil per year.
When their inaugural season came to a close, it was revealed, that both Perron and the Golden Knights had some kind of dialogue that however did not result in coming to an agreement on a new deal. Per LVRJ’s Schoen.
David Perron: "We had a good conversation throughout the year. Didn't get to a result, but I appreciate how much they want me to stay here, too. We'll see how it goes. That's the business side of things. … I want to be a part of this group again, for sure." #VegasBorn
— David Schoen 📰🗞🏒 (@DavidSchoenLVRJ) June 8, 2018
For Neal, he is finishing his current 6-year deal that he originally signed when he was a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins. That contract was inked back on February 19, 2012 at $30 million total with an AAV of $5 mil per season.
Around the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline period a Canada based newspaper the Calgary Sun reported that Neal rejected the $25 million offer over a 5 year term.
Neal’s Agent Patrick Morris provided a comment with the LVRJ on the matter regarding his client’s status.
“Until further notice, James prefers to keep things quiet,” Morris informed the Las Vegas Review Journal. “I don’t believe in negotiating in the media. All I can tell you is he loves Vegas and he wants to stay.”
If it comes to July 1 and Neal does not ink the current offer he’s been tendered to by George McPhee, he won’t be wearing a Golden Knights uniform for the upcoming season.
As it currently stands right now per Capfriendly.com, the Golden Knights have $30,975,000 to spend on contracts for the 20181-19 season.
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