"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
The NHL announced this morning that Golden Knights top defenseman Nate Schmidt has been suspended for the first 20 games of the regular season for violating the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program.
Per NHL rules, Schmidt will also be forced to miss all eight of the Golden Knights preseason games. He is however permitted to participate in training camp activities with the team.
The Golden Knights wasted no time strongly condemning the league for a suspension they believe is unwarranted. This statement was released just one minute after the league announced the suspension.
We were notified that the NHL has suspended Nate Schmidt for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program. While we respect the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program and are committed to its success, we strongly disagree with the suspension. We firmly believe that the presence of a trace of the banned substance was accidental and unintentional. Based on our conversations with Nate, analysis from independent medical experts and sworn testimony from the parties involved, we believe it is clear Nate was not able to reasonably ascertain how the substance entered his body. Nate is an honest person with high moral character and great integrity. We will stand by him and support him during this time. -Golden Knights Official Statement
Schmidt released a statement of his own as well via the NHLPA website. In it, he explains that he has already appealed the suspension.
With the move from the Moline, Illinois to Fort Wayne, Indiana the Vegas minor league system is back in order as the Golden Knights and Fort Wayne Komets agreed to a one-year ECHL affiliation.
The Golden Knights were forced to find a new affiliate after the Quad City Mallards folded following the 2017-18 season.
Keegan Kolesar, Tyler Wong, and Dimitry Osipov are among the Golden Knights prospects who made appearances in the ECHL last year.
With the agreement, the Golden Knights and their AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, will be able to freely transfer players to the Komets.
The Komets do have a prior connection to the Golden Knights. Jack Adams winner Gerard Gallant’s first-ever coaching job was in Fort Wayne. He was an assistant coach in 1998-99 under head coach Grant Sonier.
When the contract expires, Karlsson will remain an RFA with arbitration rights.
The Golden Knights held the cards in terms of how long the deal would be. Arbitration can only award a player a 1 or 2 yr deal. Since Karlsson filed for arb, the team gets to pick the length. VGK likely chose 1 year to keep him an RFA. 2 would have made him a UFA at contract end.
William had a great year for us and we are excited to now have him under contract for next season. -George McPhee
I’m happy to have my deal and we don’t have to speculate other things. I want to prove that I can do it more than just once. Hopefully I play good and can look at a longer deal in the future. -William Karlsson