According to multiple reports, the Golden Knights have acquired forward Mark Stone via trade from the Ottawa Senators for Oscar Lindberg, Erik Brannstrom, and a 2nd round pick.
Mark Stone is a 26-year-old forward who has scored 28 goals this season with 62 points. Stone has reached 60 points in four of his five full seasons in the NHL.
I’m so excited to be joining that team. Just seeing what they did last year in the playoffs was unbelievable. -Mark Stone
I’m close, haven’t quite signed it yet, but we’ve agreed. -Stone on extension
Just playing 2 games there in my career, the atmosphere, the city, the lineup they put on the ice every night and the ownership’s commitment to winning, I can’t wait and I’m so excited to be a part of it. -Stone
He’s a great player. He’s another big-time player and obviously the number he puts up. He plays in every situation and he’ll really help our hockey club. You know we lost a lot obviously, we gave up some great players. When you get superstar players on your team you have to give up a lot. -Gallant
He’s a great all-around player so we are obviously excited. He was the top guy on the board and we went out and got him. It shows our players what we want to do and to get things on track here and get it going again. -Gallant
"It’s obvious our goal is to win immediately and this proves that. This is a player that comes in and obviously helps any team in the league immediately and you have to give up a lot to get a guy like that. I think he’s going to fit in nicely in this room/on the ice." -Pacioretty
You don’t know if it’s possible until it happens. Obviously every team in the league checked in on Mark Stone because he’s that type of player. I heard his name a week ago but it doesn’t mean anything close. When I went on the ice today, was it possible, yes, but was it close, I couldn’t say that, I had no idea. -Gallant
From the first 35 games last year everything changed. What they talked about last year was building for the future and all of a sudden we go on a run and it’s unbelievable and everything changes. We want to win. We had a chance to win last year and everyone wants to win. When you do things like the Pacioretty’s, Stastny’s Stone’s, they are top NHL players. We are trying to find the right mix. I think people know that Vegas isn’t just an expansion team, they want to win. -Gallant
"A big trade for our organization. This type of play doesn't come available very often. We believe he is one of the best all around players in the NHL and makes our team better." -McPhee on Stone
The Golden Knights have traded defenseman Brad Hunt and a 6th round pick for a 5th round pick in the 2019 Draft. The Wild have multiple 5th round picks (their own and Washington’s), Vegas will get the better pick.
For those asking, is this signaling an incoming #Brannwagon, the answer is probably no. This is almost certainly a move to open up a spot for the guys on IR. (That being said, you have to be crazy to think I'm not going to ask about Brannstrom tomorrow at McPhee's presser.) https://t.co/FTTqlt2rr2
"It's easy for a player to buy in if they get what they want. They want to be here, so the bottom line is if you want to stay here let's get it done, and get it done now." -McPhee on players "buying in"
McPhee says getting the deals done now will make the team better in the future. Spoke about the cap going up every year and how using the space in the next few years will allow them now freedom down the road.
Per a report from Elliotte Friedman (subsequently confirmed by VGK) the Golden Knights have locked down forward Alex Tuch to a 7-year contract extension worth $33.25 million.
Tuch’s contract begins next season which means he’s under contract with the Golden Knights through the 2025-26 season. His cap hit remains the same ($925,000) for this season and the $4.75M begins next year.
The deal is similar to Shea Theodore’s deal in that Tuch appears to be slightly overpaid at the moment to become a steal salary-wise in a few years.
Tuch has yet to step on the ice this season after getting injured in one of the final preseason games of the year. This deal is obviously a good sign that the Golden Knights have no concerns about any lingering effects of the injury.
Flat $4.75 M salary across the board. No signing bonuses. Limited 5-team no trade clause kicks in five years from now. https://t.co/An9rPCAeHw
The stalemate is over. Shea Theodore has signed a 7-year contract worth $5.2 million AAV against the cap.
George McPhee said much of the negotiations were over the length of the contract. The team insisted on a long-term deal but Theodore and his agents were looking for a bridge deal that would lead Theodore to an even bigger deal in a few years.
The contract locks Theodore to the Golden Knights through the 2024-25 season with what McPhee described as “cost certainty.” In the eyes of the Golden Knights it may be a slight overpay for this year and next, but down the road, Theodore will be a steal at $5.2 million, especially if the cap continues to rise as projected.
Let's talk about Shea Theodore's 7 year $5.2M AAV contract and what it means for the Vegas Golden Knights. https://t.co/BJhs1zWjDV