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NHL 18 Releases VGK-Centric Promo Video, Introduces Expansion Draft Feature

As surreal as moments such as the name reveal, jersey unveil, and the Expansion Draft have been for Vegas hockey fans, the ability to finally play a video game with a team actually from Vegas rather than the stock create-a-team might be the most unbelievable of all.

NHL 18 drops on September 15th and EA just released a video surrounding the Expansion Draft and the game’s updated franchise mode.

The game integrates the actual NHL protection lists and allows gamers to either play with the Golden Knights or create a team and bring them to any other city. The game also has a feature that lets fans of other teams go back and submit different protection lists to see how the draft would have changed.

Back in June EA put out this sweet promo video of T-Mobile Arena as well.

September 15th cannot get here soon enough. Hopefully, by then they’ll realize the Golden Knights wear white gloves, not these bogus black ones in the video.

“Our Lineup’s Pretty Good But There’s No McDavid Or Crosby”

Usually, when players, coaches, execs, and The Creator are asked about the Golden Knights roster we get the same stock answers. We hear things like “best expansion roster ever” or “plenty of talent” or the first thing mentioned about the roster by Gerard Gallant in a recent NHL.com article.

I knew we were going to have a pretty decent team, but the team was better than I thought. I thought we got better top-end players than I thought we’d get. -Gerard Gallant

But sometimes, there’s a moment of honesty, and in the case of the Golden Knights initial roster, accuracy.

I think our lineup’s pretty good. But then you go around and look at the other teams in the NHL, in our division, and in our conference and say, ‘Well …’ -Gallant

This is what we love about Gallant. The guy is a no-nonsense type coach who obviously understands the challenge placed before him.

There’s going to be issues. Some nights we’re going to have trouble scoring goals. You look at our roster, there’s a lot of good players. Are there any superstars there? There’s some real good players, those types of players. You look at teams that have success in the NHL, they’ve got some of those top-end hockey players. -Gallant

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Despite Confusion, Yes You Can Gamble On The Golden Knights

When the NHL decided to put their 31st franchise in between New York New York and Monte Carlo on the Las Vegas Strip, they pretty much resigned to the fact that gambling on the games was going to happen.

However, a recent ESPN article raised some doubts.

I think gambling is irrelevant to what we’re all about. You can’t gamble in the arena. When we have a game day, we go down on the sports books so you won’t be able to bet on the Golden Knights at some of the local casinos. -The Creator to ESPN.com

This sent alarm bells ringing, so we reached out to clarify what he meant and if, like this one from the same story, there was a slight misquote.

“Can’t gamble in the arena,” can be taken many different ways. Sports gambling? Table games? Slots? The answer is the same on all of them. There are no physical gambling machines, tables, or betting windows inside of T-Mobile Arena, and there won’t be during games.

However, being millennials, we are huge fans of mobile sports apps, which allow you to bet from anywhere in the state of Nevada on your phone. Is this going to be somehow restricted in the arena?

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4 Goals, 8 Points, 3 Games: The Reilly Smith To Vegas Story

The Vegas Golden Knights have 43 players under team control as we head toward training camp. Of the 43, there’s just one player with a contract extended beyond the team’s third year in existence, and that player is Reilly Smith.

The 26-year-old winger was acquired via trade during the Expansion Draft from the Florida Panthers. But it wasn’t an expansion trade like the ones including Shea Theodore, Alex Tuch, or Nikita Gusev, instead, the Golden Knights and Panthers made a straight player-for-pick deal that involved absolutely no Expansion Draft considerations.

Vegas Golden Knights receive:
Reilly Smith

Florida Panthers receive:
2018 4th Round Pick

Smith’s contract is a bit of an albatross when you consider his production a year ago. 37 points (15 goals, 22 assists) is hardly enough to warrant a five-year deal worth $25M with a modified no trade clause. But, the season prior, he scored 25 goals, tallied another 25 assists, posted a +19 rating, and a CF% of 52.5%.

Many figured the reason for selecting the best player off the Panthers expansion list, Jonathan Marchessault, and trading for Smith was a directive from head coach Gerard Gallant. But, in the case of Smith, there’s a distinct connection to George McPhee that may have played an even bigger part than the simple “he played well for our coach” idea.

During the 2015-16 NHL playoffs, Reilly Smith was a member of the Florida Panthers, playing on the second line with Jussi Jokinen and Nick Bjugstad. Their opponent in the first round, the New York Islanders.

The series was won by the Isles in 6, but during Games 1, 2, and 3, Smith scored four goals, had four assists, and a +7 rating. In a pretty good offensive career to this point, the first three games of the 2015-16 postseason are undoubtedly the shining moment in Smith’s six-year career.

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David Perron Hoping Vegas Is A Permanent Stop

David Perron was drafted by the St. Louis Blues with the 26th overall pick in 2007. He stayed with the Blues for the first six and half seasons. Then the madness happened.

From 2013-2016 Perron played for the Oilers, Penguins, and Ducks, before finding his way back to the Blues. Then… the Expansion Draft, and once again, for the 5th time in less than four years, Perron was on the move again, this time to Vegas.

I did quite well, but, at the same time, everyone wants stability at some point. I think that’s a reason which explains why my season went well last year. I knew everybody and the city. –David Perron to RDS.ca (translated from French)

Perron’s career highs in goals, assists, and points all came in seasons with the Blues, when he felt comfortable with his surroundings. He’s hoping he gets to stay in Vegas for a while.

There is one interesting thing in the fact that Las Vegas chose me along with several other players so I’ll try to build something there with the coaches and leaders. I’m hoping that the season goes well and that it becomes long-term. -Perron

It’s hard to tell in the translated version, but there certainly feels like a bit of concern from Perron over the chemistry of the team and how quickly they’ll be able to gel as a team. Nonetheless, they have a plan.

Usually, you come to a team and friendships are already formed. It will be different and I can’t wait to see how it goes. The coaches have talked to us and begun to organize parties and activities to bring the group. -Perron

He mentions one specific party in which Marc-Andre Fleury, Shea Theodore, and Clayton Stoner are invited. He’s also spent time in the offseason with Jonathan Marchessault.

The 29-year-old Perron is in the final year of a contract set to pay him $3.75M. He’ll be a free agent next Summer, but it certainly seems from his disdain for moving around that he’d prefer to be in Vegas for a while moving forward. Hopefully his play warrants it.

SinBin.vegas Podcast #78: Blackball

CBS Radio in Las Vegas banned mentions of the Golden Knights, then apologized and changed their mind. We go through the story and the meaning behind it. Hosted by Ken Boehlke and Jason Pothier.

  • Why was this such a big deal?
  • Why did it happen in the first place?
  • Much much more on #CoxBlocked
  • A ton of fan questions.
  • Deryk Engelland, worth $1M already?

And much more…

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Nate Schmidt Sounds Off On Arbitration

Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt was the only player in the NHL to have his contract through a ruling made in arbitration. In fact, he’s the first player to have done so since 2015.

It’s a process in which each side gets together (team and player/agent) and they make arguments to a third party arbitrator on what they believe the player should be paid. Obviously, this means the team wants a lower salary and the player/agent want higher. So, it turns into a bit of a tug-of-war between employee and employer.

It’s tough sometimes sitting in those meetings. 50% of it was awesome. You are sitting there and they are pumping your tires and talking about how great you are and I was thinking ‘man, I feel like a stud out here.’ Then the next part comes and I’m thinking ‘oh man, what am I doing, I should hang the skates up.’ I had a note pad and truth be told I kept writing down, ‘this is just a business this is not personal they don’t really feel this way.’ I had to repeat that a couple times and I was getting a little frustrated. -Nate Schmidt

Schmidt, appearing on the Vegas Hockey Hotline on KSHP 1400 (see below), also confirmed the rumors that the Golden Knights wanted a multi year deal while he was looking for a one year deal.

At first, we were thinking a one year deal but I love that I’ll be in this for an extra year. -Schmidt

Here at SinBin.vegas, we’ve speculated that the Golden Knights were using Schmidt to set an example, basically showing RFAs in the future they are willing to go all the way through with arbitration if that’s what it takes. Schmidt offered up another possible motive behind the case as well.

Hey, that’s just the way it goes. I tried to have a good attitude about it, it’s something they had never been through before some people maybe wanted to have some experience as well. I think it’s a great process because it brings the sides together because no one really wants to do it, but you know what I think it was good the way everything played out. -Schmidt

As always, Nate Schmidt is an absolute joy to listen to and his perspectives on the game, and life for that matter, are great. We’ve previously predicted that he’ll be the fan favorite when the Golden Knights finally finish up in Idaho, Montana, and Utah and head to Vegas. This interview only further confirms it. Give it a listen, it’s definitely a fun one.

**Interview starts at 48:30**

Golden Knights Announce Announcers For TV And Radio Broadcasts

Whether you are watching on TV or listening on the radio, we now know the voices that will guide us through the first season of Vegas Golden Knights hockey.

The Golden Knights announced Dave Goucher will be the play-by-play voice for the team on AT&T Sports Network along with analyst Shane Hnidy, and Dan D’Uva will  be making the calls on FOX Sports Radio 98.9 FM.

Goucher had been the radio play-by-play voice for the Boston Bruins since 2000. Hnidy is a former NHL defenseman who has been doing the same job for the Winnipeg Jets since 2014, and D’Uva has been the voice of the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch since 2012.

Dave Goucher

Dan D’Uva

All three are experienced voices in the hockey community, coupled with the experience in broadcasting games on TV from AT&T Sports Network (previously Root Sports) and on radio with Lotus broadcasting, Golden Knights will be seeing and hearing high-level broadcasts from day one.

This is, of course, assuming you’ll be able to see the Golden Knights here in Vegas. As of right now, neither Cox nor CenturyLink (the two main cable providers in the Las Vegas valley) carry the channel the Golden Knights call their television home. Thus, more than 50% of the homes in southern Nevada would not have the ability to watch Golden Knights games.

Negotiations are still ongoing and all sides remain confident, but the clock is ticking, and as of right now, the “Team of the Rockies” might only be seen in the Rockies.

Bathroom Bill Could Force NHL Draft Out Of Dallas, You Know Where It Should Go

The controversial “bathroom bill” in the Texas Legislature has a chance to cross over into the world of the NHL if passed later this month. The bill, which requires people to use the bathroom corresponding to the gender listed on their birth certificate in schools and public buildings, is viewed by many as homophobic and discriminatory.

In the event it’s passed into law, the NHL could decide to pull the 2018 Entry Draft from American Airlines Arena in Dallas.

We strongly oppose the bill in its original form. We hope and expect that bill in that form will not be passed into law. We would obviously have to reassess the situation in the event that happens. –Bill Daly, NHL Deputy Commissioner

If the bill is passed, and the NHL Draft is forced out of Dallas, Vegas would likely be a leading candidate as its replacement.

Every year for the past nine years the NHL has held the annual Awards show in Vegas, including this past year which coincided with the Expansion Draft. That event usually occurs two days prior to the first round of the Entry Draft.

This is complete speculation, but Vegas makes perfect sense not just as a replacement for the NHL Draft in the event it needs to be pulled from Dallas this year, but for every year in the future. Having the two events back to back in the same location will increase coverage nationally and internationally of both events and likely bring in more revenue. Plus, there’s simply no easier place to hold an event like the draft than Vegas when it comes to lodging, transportation, and logistics.

I’m not saying it’s going to happen this year, in fact, I’m rooting against it, cause that bathroom bill is a joke, but eventually, the NHL Draft is going to come to Vegas, and when it does, it’s never going to leave.

SinBin.vegas Podcast #77: George Parros

Director in Player Saftey for the NHL, former Stanley Cup champion, and Las Vegas resident, George Parros stops by The Space. Plus, Ken releases his frustration over the VGK Road Trip. Hosted by Ken Boehlke and Jason Pothier.

  • The role of the Department of Player Saftey in the NHL.
  • What it’s like to hand out suspensions and then have to speak to the player in the arena.
  • George’s thoughts on the UFC.
  • Wrapping up Nate Schmidt’s arbitration and our continued love of Erik Brannstrom.
  • Has there really been enough community engagement in Las Vegas to do a road trip to Idaho, Montana, and Utah.

And much more…

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