Earlier this week the rumor mill machine came to the forefront regarding Pittsburgh Penguins veteran goaltender Marc-André Fleury and where he could potentially end up for the 2017-2018 NHL season.
Since the signing of Vadim Shipachyov from the KHL news surrounding the Vegas Golden Knights has been swarming with that General Manager George McPhee and the organization has been linked to rumblings that the team is just getting started in the transactions department.
For the Vegas Golden Knights, they have an interesting offseason in front of them given the fact that they did not participate in the current season in the NHL.
Tonight we saw the Washington Capitals get eliminated by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2nd round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in back-2-back seasons only this time the series went the distance. The Capitals team that was iced tonight were majority built by former Washington General Manager George McPhee.
Yesterday we saw the Vegas Golden Knights officially announce Gerard Gallant as their 1st ever Head Coach in franchise history at T-Mobile Arena. Gallant was recently the Head Coach for the Florida Panthers before arriving to Vegas.
As the Vegas Golden Knights franchise prepares and gears up for their inaugural season in the NHL we take a look back at how league went from 6 teams to it’s current 31 members.
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger he expressed that the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft has a very important stake in the bigger picture for the league. He also indicated that due to the popularity of the subject matter is the motivation by the league to make the protected lists public.
Its the oldest cliche in the books in all of sports that defense wins championships. In the NHL they live by that motto every season. Teams like the Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings, Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Red Wings, and Anaheim Ducks have been fortunate over the past 10 seasons to be equipped with a defensive corp that carried them all the way and capture Lord Stanley’s Cup.
Teams that win throughout the course of the regular season and go deep in the Stanley Cup Playoffs are equipped with a bottom 6 unit capable of carrying the load when the elite scorers are coming up empty.
With the NHL Expansion Draft getting closer Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee and his scouting staff will have a major task in building the teams top 6 group of forwards.
With the 2017 NHL Trade Deadline in the past the focus shifts towards the future for Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee. As the expansion draft draws near the available talent at goalie will be plentiful for McPhee to choose from.