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Author: Ken Boehlke (Page 1 of 98)

More VGK Bobbleheads!

If you weren’t one of the lucky 18,000 who got Chance the Bobblehead (or if you sold yours on eBay because they are more valuable than tickets to tonight’s game), your bobblehead collection can still have a Golden Knights representative.

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, yes that’s a real thing, released a limited-edition bobblehead of Marc-Andre Fleury. This is the first bobblehead ever produced of a Golden Knights player in the team’s uniform and it’s available now.

But wait, there’s more!

Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson bobbleheads will be available soon, followed by Deryk Engelland, Erik Haula, Nate Schmidt, James Neal, and Reilly Smith. Plus another Chance bobblehead will be available, this time in the grey jersey.

The Fleury one is on sale now, the rest are expected sometime this Summer.

Also, we should have one to give away soon, so keep your eyes peeled for the next edition of #HockeySquares.

SinBin.vegas Podcast #100: Trade Deadline Ideas

The 100th episode happens to fall right before one of the most interesting times of the year for the Golden Knights. We discuss adding, subtracting, and pushing players out of a first-place lineup. Hosted by Ken Boehlke and Jason Pothier.

Note: This podcast was recorded before Michael Grabner was traded. Everything we say about Grabner is still valid with any other 2nd/3rd line winger VGK could add.

  • Losing in the first round, that’s not good.
  • Ryan Carpenter vs. Cody Eakin to remain in the lineup.
  • Could Gallant bench a player that McPhee adds for him at the deadline?
  • Jason tries to defending the Olympics, Ken’s not having it.
  • The uncomfortableness of our recent photo shoot.

And much more…

We are on iTunes as well as Stitcher. Subscribe now!

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“I’m Not Too Scared Of Anybody”

Even when he’s bragging he’s humble. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Last night wasn’t the perfect game for the Golden Knights, rarely are they, but it was a game in which Vegas played its preferred style and pace and ended up running away with a 7-3 win.

Confidence is powerful in the game of hockey. Individually, it’s why a player like William Karlsson can go from 15 goals in 162 games to 31 in 60, or Ryan Carpenter can be waived in December and then go on a streak of six goals in nine games. As a team, it’s even more impactful as it breeds a belief that no matter the score or situation someone will step up and lead the team to victory.

We have confidence in this room that if we focus on ourselves and play 60 minutes, we can beat any team in this league. -Luca Sbisa

But sometimes ability doesn’t match the confidence in a locker room, and it turns a confident bunch into a frustrated one. It often happens when a team plays what they believe is a good game and do not come out on top. It takes away that feeling of invincibility great teams have.

If we play well, we will win.

That should be the belief in every locker room of every team, and it probably was at some point in the season, but as the year rolls along and that mantra doesn’t hold up, it chips away at a team’s confidence.

Then there’s the Golden Knights, who are probably the most confident team in the NHL. Why, because they’ve never experienced disbelief. When they play well, no matter who they play against, they’ve won. Not most of the time, every time. It hasn’t mattered where the games are played, who’s in the goal, or the talent on the other bench, if the Golden Knights play the way they are capable of, they will win the game, every time.

I don’t want to brag or anything but I’m really confident in our team. I like the way we’re playing right now. So yeah, I’m not too scared of anybody. -Marc-Andre Fleury

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 7 (40-16-4 82 PTS) CALGARY FLAMES 3

The Golden Knights and Flames played one of the highest paced games of the year at T-Mobile Arena. Vegas had leads of 1-0, 2-1, 3-2, and brought a 4-3 lead into the 3rd. It looked as if the Golden Knights had blown their fourth lead, but a successful offside challenge took the goal off the board. Unlike Monday, Vegas took the momentum shift of the disallowed goal and scored three more in the 3rd. Best offensive game of the year for a team that’s had a bunch of them.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Calgary Flames at T-Mobile Arena.

  • When the Golden Knights play well, they win. Not many teams (if any) can say that.
  • Should the Golden Knights start mixing up their forward lines? *Maybe*

Three Stars
*** Luca Sbisa
** David Perron
* Alex Tuch

JON MERRILL (D) ACTIVATED FROM IR; SHEA THEODORE (D) PLACED ON IR

Merrill will play his first game since January 4th when he was placed on IR with an undisclosed injury. Theodore has been out since the game against Edmonton on February 15th. NHL rules only require a player on IR to miss seven days, so Theodore will be eligible to return on Friday for the game against Vancouver.

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Why Everyone Should Be A Fan Of Tomas Hyka

We cheer for all Golden Knights, but some of them just make us root a little harder for them. Tomas Hyka is one of those. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Last night Tomas Hyka made his NHL debut, one that has been in the makings for the a 24-year-old from Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic for quite some time. Hyka is a classic NHL underdog, and his journey to making his debut for the best team in the league is somewhat of a wild one.

It dates back to 2011 when he was invited to training camp with the Philadelphia Flyers after being undrafted.

I had a really good camp there, like I did here, I scored and did a little celly, it was funny, but they couldn’t sign me. I don’t even know the reason they couldn’t sign me. It was kind of sad. -Tomas Hyka

The reason is a rule in the CBA that says players born outside North America must go undrafted twice before they can be signed to a contract with an NHL team. Hyka had only been through one draft, so despite being offered a contract, and possibly a spot on an NHL roster at the age of 18, he couldn’t sign with the Flyers. Instead of going home though, he played for the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL where he scored 20 goals and tallied 64 points in 50 games. That put his name back on the radar for the 2012 Draft.

Then I got drafted by the Kings and they did not really give me the opportunity. -Hyka

In fact, he was never even invited to a training camp with the Kings. Back to Gatineau he went, where he scored another 20 goals and put up 54 more points for his second straight year in the QMJHL. Yet, the call still never came from the Kings.

Hyka then returned home to play for his hometown team, BK Mlada Boleslav for three of the next four years waiting until the Kings gave up his NHL rights. That happened this Summer and the Golden Knights did not wait long to pounce.

When Vegas wanted to sign me I was like ‘for sure I want to do it!’ -Hyka

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ANAHEIM DUCKS 2 VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 0 (39-16-4 82 PTS)

The Ducks only put four shots on goal in the 1st period, but one of them was deflected past Fleury giving the road team a one goal lead. It appeared as if the Ducks had gone ahead by two, but a successful offside challenge by Gallant brought it back. Vegas mustered up 20 shots in the final period after getting just 13 on net in the first two, but couldn’t get one past either John Gibson or Ryan Miller.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Anaheim Ducks at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Let’s talk about 3rd star of the game, Tomas Hyka.

Three Stars
*** Tomas Hyka
** Tomas Silfverberg
* Rickard Rakell

Guest Post: Buyers Or Sellers

With the trade deadline exactly a week away, we get the latest Guest Post from local Las Vegan and fantasy sports guru John Di Bari.

Heading into their inaugural NHL season nobody really knew what to expect from the league’s newest franchise. The consensus was to temper expectations as expansion teams are historically somewhere between horrific on the low-end to mediocre on the high-side. However, once the rules for the expansion draft were put in place and fans and writers started digging through rosters and contracts and began to do their own mock expansion drafts, many started to realize that maybe the new kid on the block might be able to put together a respectable product in year one. Nobody was realistically thinking playoffs, or even a record well above .500. However, that was fine as most expected GM George McPhee to draft a bunch of skill players with a year or two remaining on their contacts with the expectation that he’d be trying to sell as many of them as possible at the trade deadline to acquire additional draft picks and young players.

It would be so much easier if McPhee would just tell us what he’s going to do. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Then, the damndest thing happened: The Golden Knights started winning. A lot. As of this writing, the Golden Knights sit atop the entire NHL with a comfortable 10-point lead in the Pacific Division. They lead the West in goals scored and goal differential and have the league’s best home record at 22-4-2 58 games into the season. As a fan and season ticket holder, this is a great thing. It’s well documented at this point, but is still worth noting that most of the early winning was done while losing their top 3  goaltenders. The team has been fun to watch, they find different ways to win each night, and barring an otherwise epic collapse, they seem to be a lock for the playoffs. Some current projections have the probability of them making the playoffs at 100% as they sit 14 points ahead of the West’s second wild-card with 24 games to play.

On the surface, that all sounds well and good, but is it? For a single season, the answer is obviously yes, but as a brand new expansion franchise that is supposed to be building towards sustained future success and develop their farm system, the waters get a little muddied. What about the plan to move these expiring contracts and stockpile more picks and youngsters? One would assume that McPhee will want to push forward with the plan and move some of the players who have contracts set to expire at the end of the year. It’s better to get something for them rather than allowing them to walk away for free after what would essentially be a 1-year rental. On the other hand, one would also assume that owner Bill Foley will want to push for the playoffs and start to recoup some of his 500-million-dollar investment. At the end of the day, it will probably be some combination of the two strategies, and since Foley signs the checks in the building, I’ve got to think that if he wants to push for the playoffs, McPhee will have to go along with the boss. In a recent interview with Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski, Foley made it sound like he was definitely looking to add pieces at the deadline and push for a deep playoff run.

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Golden Knights vs. Montreal Canadiens Photo Gallery – February 17th, 2018

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VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 6 (39-15-4 82 PTS) MONTREAL CANADIENS 3

An absolute wild 1st period which involved five goals, a pulled goalie, a two penalties saw the Golden Knights ahead 3-2. The 2nd period was dominated by Vegas as they extended the lead to 5-2 with goals from Ryan Carpenter and Reilly Smith. Nate Schmidt cashed in to give the Golden Knights a four goal lead, they would eventually come out on top by the final score of 6-3.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Montreal Canadiens at T-Mobile Arena.

  • Photo gallery from Brandon Andreasen
  • Guest Post: What should the Golden Knights do at the deadline

Three Stars
*** Nate Schmidt
** Ryan Carpenter
* Reilly Smith

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