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William Hill Becomes First Sports Book To Partner With NHL Team

The world is changing all around us, especially professional sports. William Hill Sportsbook and the Vegas Golden Knights today made a joint announcement that both have reached a partnership. Thus, opening up possibly the biggest can of worms in pro sports in modern day history. The Golden Knights become the first professional sports franchise to join forces with a legal sports betting outlet.

We could not be more excited to partner with the Golden Knights.  We are headquartered in Las Vegas and have seen first-hand what this team has done for our community. William Hill is the leader in the U.S sports betting market and we are proud of the fact that this is the first sponsorship agreement between a sports book and an NHL team in the country.  We appreciate the leadership of Bill Foley and his Golden Knights management team in bringing a winning franchise to Las Vegas and always working to make the in-game experience the best anywhere. -Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US

The William Hill and Golden Knights partnership will feature a dasherboard ad, in-arena signage, updated league-wide odds displayed on the Knight Tron during intermission, an away game watch party, and recognition on the LED ribbon board of the “William Hill Line Change” when the Golden Knights make a line change during the game.

We are always looking for innovative ways to engage different segments our fan base and provide a unique fan experience. Like the Vegas Golden Knights, William Hill US is a proud ‘Vegas Born’ organization. This partnership between a major professional team and a sports book operator is a historic, landmark agreement and we are delighted to be leading the way with William Hill in this space. -Kerry Bubolz, Vegas Golden Knights President

William Hill is the premier sportsbook in Nevada and boasts the best, and easiest to use, mobile sports betting app on the market.

This is a proud moment for us here at SinBin.vegas because William Hill has been a sponsor with us nearly from the site’s inception. Now, they’ve made history breaking through the glass ceiling of partnerships with sports gambling companies and NHL teams.

What Exactly Happened That Forced The Canadiens To Trade Their Captain To The Golden Knights

(Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Max Pacioretty is a bonafide star in the NHL. He’s scored 30 goals five times, been named an All Star three times, won the Masterton Award, and was named the captain of one of the most historic franchises in the NHL. When you dig even deeper into the stats you see that he’s a legitimate two-way winger who instantly makes the Golden Knights better both offensively and defensively.

So, the question you have to be asking is, why would the Canadiens ever let a guy like this go? To answer it, let’s hop into the SinBin.vegas time machine! (Don’t be scared, it’s really just us listing a timeline of events from newest to oldest.)

September 9, 2018
Vegas trades Tomas Tatar, Nick Suzuki and a 2019 second-round draft pick for Max Pacioretty

September 7, 2018
Pacioretty tells TSN Montreal that he has never asked to be traded and talks about Vegas

Everyone saw what Vegas did last year as a team… They were building a foundation from the ground up. They didn’t have any plans to make the Stanley Cup finals, and no expectations to do so either. Look what they were able to achieve. – Pacioretty on 9/7/18

I have to do my best to just completely block it out. Completely ignore the noise. -Pacioretty 9/7/18

September 5, 2018
Sportsnet’s Eric Engels reports Pacioretty will not talk contract negotiations with the Montreal Canadiens during the season

August 30, 2018
Pacioretty’s former teammate Lars Eller comes to his friend’s defense on twitter

August 28, 2018
Pacioretty tells reporters contract extension talks have ended and he’s concerned for his future in Montreal

July 30, 2018
Montreal Gazette reports Canadiens we’re having problems finding market value for Pacioretty

The problem for Bergevin is he’s been trying to trade Pacioretty for months and so far it hasn’t worked. So the other 30 general managers know Bergevin is desperate because it’s almost unimaginable that the Habs captain will start the year with Montreal. The other GMs can offer less than market value for him, knowing full well that Bergevin doesn’t have much room to maneuver. What I’m hearing from very reliable sources is that Canadiens management has been unhappy with Pacioretty for a while. -Brendan Kelly, Montreal Gazette

July 10, 2018
The Athletic reports Montreal will not offer Pacioretty a contract extension

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Schmidt’s Suspension Huge Here; Elsewhere? Not So Much

Have a feeling this picture is going to see some major use until November 18th. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

It was supposed to be an easy assignment. Go through the newswire, finding out what other NHL cities were saying about Nate Schmidt’s 20 game suspension. It’s big news to Golden Knights fans, and the expectation was there would be hot takes coming from everywhere else as well? After all, it’s the first PED suspension since 2016, and it’s a case that pushes the league’s banned substance policy to the edge.

Three and a half hours of searching harder than 11-year-old me searched for plastic eggs with nickels in them on Easter, I only found four outlets discussing Schmidt’s suspension or the league’s substance policy.

What stood out to me was Nate Schmidt said he only used supplements supplied by the team. The majority of the players do take some sort of supplement. Their diets are so sophisticated and the training is so sophisticated. – TSN’s Dave Poulin

The former NHL center was stunned to find out the tainted supplements Schmidt took came from the team. Suggesting any blame shouldn’t be placed on the player.

I see him (Schmidt) as somebody with a great deal of character. And as somebody that’ll bounce back from that. -Eric Duhatschek, The Athletic

While I could keep going, I simply can’t bury the lead any further. The real story is the lack of coverage. Schmidt’s suspension is a troubling issue for the Golden Knights and the NHL. The team and the player adamantly denied any knowledge of performance-enhancing supplements but the league maintained its zero policy stance. No matter how little the trace was, it seems to me, there is real disconnect with the league.

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Shea Theodore’s Picture Removed From City National Arena Scoreboard

As part of the sweet looking upgrades to City National Arena, the scoreboard in the rink the Golden Knights normally practice on got a massive remodel. In typical VGK fashion, a complete castle was built with two giant pictures flanking the scoreboard in the center.

If you look closely, you’ll notice only two players are prominently featured on the graphics. Marc-Andre Fleury’s mask and a clear shot of the back of Shea Theodore. That was until yesterday, when the graphic on the left was changed.

Just 15 days from the opening of training camp, Theodore still does not have a contract. If he doesn’t sign one by September 13th, he’ll miss the start of camp. If he does, it would have undoubtedly been super awkward to have a giant picture of him overlooking the rink while he’s the only Golden Knight not out there.

The team, however, says Theodore’s contract and the removal of the photo from the scoreboard are not related.

We were testing out different design treatments with the backlit signage. We wanted to show more of our primary home jersey in the left panel. We have the ability to change those out if we want to throughout the year. There are still more plans that are under construction that will be fully revealed at the start of training camp -Golden Knights team representative

Certainly a perfectly fair reasoning, and if it was anyone but Theodore it probably would have gone unnoticed. But alas, it was Theodore, it’s now gone, and it’s only natural to jump to conclusions.

Avoiding the potential awkwardness or simply a weird coincidence, we’ll let you be the judge. But one thing we are sure of, Shea Theodore’s picture will not be hanging above the rink when camp starts, whether the real Shea is on the ice below it or not.

(Stick tap to @jakeck for the photo of the new graphic.)

Golden Knights Quick Hitters

We promise something new on SinBin.vegas every day of the year (except Sundays) no matter whether the team is on the ice or it’s the middle of summer. Normally we pick one topic and throw everything we can possibly jam into one article at you and call it a day, but today we’re going to change it up a bit. Nothing really warranted a full story, so instead, we present you with “quick hitters.”

 Single Game Tickets On Sale Today

If you are following @GoldenKnights on Twitter, you’re probably already aware of this as they’ve found about 47 different creative ways to remind you, but if not, single game VGK seats go on sale at noon today.

Here’s the link to get tickets.

McPhee Stays Unbiased During Draft

With the 135th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, the Golden Knights selected Brandon Kruse from Bowling Green State University. BGSU just so happens to be GM George McPhee’s alma mater, however, in an interview with FloHockey.tv, he says that had no impact on his decision to draft Kruse.

It’s a coincidence. I leave our drafting up to our scouts. I’m happy that they drafted him because he’s a terrific player, and I’m glad that they weren’t influenced by me; there’s no bias involved, they took the best player available, who happened to play at Bowling Green. I’m excited that it provides another reason to get to Bowling Green this year and watch them play. -McPhee

100 Point Projection

The creator of Corsica.hockey released a projection for every team and had the Golden Knights once again eclipsing the century mark.

This model is widely regarded as one of the most accurate out there. Unlike most who had the Golden Knights in the 60’s or 70’s last season, Perry projected Vegas at 82, one of the highest we found. Hopefully, he’s 25 points short again. 

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Golden Knights 2018-19 Schedule Released

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We knew the opener and game two, but now we have the entire Golden Knights schedule. Here’s the entire schedule followed by some observations…

Thu. 10/4/18 Philadelphia Vegas 7:00 PM
Sat. 10/6/18 Vegas Minnesota 7:00 PM
Mon. 10/8/18 Vegas Buffalo 12:00 PM
Wed. 10/10/18 Vegas Washington 5:00 PM
Thu. 10/11/18 Vegas Pittsburgh 4:00 PM
Sat. 10/13/18 Vegas Philadelphia 10:00 AM
Tue. 10/16/18 Buffalo Vegas 7:00 PM
Sat. 10/20/18 Anaheim Vegas 7:00 PM
Wed. 10/24/18 Vancouver Vegas 7:00 PM
Fri. 10/26/18 Tampa Bay Vegas 3:00 PM
Sun. 10/28/18 Ottawa Vegas 5:00 PM
Tue. 10/30/18 Vegas Nashville 5:00 PM
Thu. 11/1/18 Vegas St. Louis 5:00 PM
Sat. 11/3/18 Carolina Vegas 7:00 PM
Tue. 11/6/18 Vegas Toronto 4:00 PM
Thu. 11/8/18 Vegas Ottawa 4:30 PM
Sat. 11/10/18 Vegas Montreal 4:00 PM
Sun. 11/11/18 Vegas Boston 4:00 PM
Wed. 11/14/18 Anaheim Vegas 7:30 PM
Fri. 11/16/18 St. Louis Vegas 7:00 PM
Sun. 11/18/18 Vegas Edmonton 5:00 PM
Mon. 11/19/18 Vegas Calgary 6:00 PM
Wed. 11/21/18 Vegas Arizona 6:00 PM
Fri. 11/23/18 Calgary Vegas 3:00 PM
Sat. 11/24/18 San Jose Vegas 7:00 PM
Tue. 11/27/18 Vegas Chicago 5:30 PM
Thu. 11/29/18 Vegas Vancouver 7:00 PM
Sat. 12/1/18 Vegas Edmonton 7:00 PM
Tue. 12/4/18 Washington Vegas 7:00 PM
Thu. 12/6/18 Chicago Vegas 7:00 PM
Sat. 12/8/18 Vegas Los Angeles 1:00 PM
Sun. 12/9/18 Dallas Vegas 6:00 PM
Wed. 12/12/18 Vegas N.Y. Islanders 5:00 PM
Fri. 12/14/18 Vegas New Jersey 5:00 PM
Sun. 12/16/18 Vegas N.Y. Rangers 10:00 PM
Mon. 12/17/18 Vegas Columbus 4:00 PM
Thu. 12/20/18 N.Y. Islanders Vegas 7:00 PM
Sat. 12/22/18 Montreal Vegas 1:00 PM
Sun. 12/23/18 Los Angeles Vegas 5:00 PM
Thu. 12/27/18 Colorado Vegas 7:00 PM
Sat. 12/29/18 Vegas Los Angeles 1:00 PM
Sun. 12/30/18 Vegas Arizona 5:00 PM
Tue. 1/1/19 Los Angeles Vegas 6:00 PM
Fri. 1/4/19 Vegas Anaheim 7:00 PM
Sun. 1/6/19 New Jersey Vegas 1:00 PM
Tue. 1/8/19 N.Y. Rangers Vegas 7:00 PM
Thu. 1/10/19 San Jose Vegas 7:00 PM
Sat. 1/12/19 Vegas Chicago 5:30 PM
Tue. 1/15/19 Vegas Winnipeg 5:00 PM
Sat. 1/19/19 Pittsburgh Vegas 7:00 PM
Mon. 1/21/19 Minnesota Vegas 3:00 PM
Wed. 1/23/19 Nashville Vegas 7:00 PM
Fri. 2/1/19 Vegas Carolina 4:30 PM
Sat. 2/2/19 Vegas Florida 4:00 PM
Tue. 2/5/19 Vegas Tampa Bay 4:30 PM
Thu. 2/7/19 Vegas Detroit 4:30 PM
Sat. 2/9/19 Columbus Vegas 7:00 PM
Tue. 2/12/19 Arizona Vegas 7:00 PM
Thu. 2/14/19 Toronto Vegas 7:00 PM
Sat. 2/16/19 Nashville Vegas 7:00 PM
Mon. 2/18/19 Vegas Colorado 6:00 PM
Wed. 2/20/19 Boston Vegas 7:00 PM
Fri. 2/22/19 Winnipeg Vegas 7:00 PM
Tue. 2/26/19 Dallas Vegas 7:00 PM
Thu. 2/28/19 Florida Vegas 7:00 PM
Fri. 3/1/19 Vegas Anaheim 7:00 PM
Sun. 3/3/19 Vancouver Vegas 1:00 PM
Wed. 3/6/19 Calgary Vegas 7:30 PM
Sat. 3/9/19 Vegas Vancouver 7:00 PM
Sun. 3/10/19 Vegas Calgary 7:30 PM
Fri. 3/15/19 Vegas Dallas 5:00 PM
Sun. 3/17/19 Edmonton Vegas 7:00 PM
Mon. 3/18/19 Vegas San Jose 7:30 PM
Thu. 3/21/19 Winnipeg Vegas 7:00 PM
Sat. 3/23/19 Detroit Vegas 7:00 PM
Mon. 3/25/19 Vegas St. Louis 5:00 PM
Wed. 3/27/19 Vegas Colorado 7:00 PM
Fri. 3/29/19 Minnesota Vegas 7:00 PM
Sat. 3/30/19 Vegas San Jose 6:00 PM
Mon. 4/1/19 Edmonton Vegas 7:00 PM
Thu. 4/4/19 Arizona Vegas 7:00 PM
Sat. 4/6/19 Vegas Los Angeles 7:30 PM
  • Stanley Cup Final rematches are on October 10th (away) and December 4th (home
  • First regular season game at home, second not until 10/16/18 , 12 days later
  • 5 of first 6 games on the road
    • 4 of 5 against 2017-18 playoff teams
  • Vegas will play 13 back-to-backs in 2018-19
    • 7 are away/away, 4 are split, and 2 are home/home
    • 1 in October, 3 in November, 4 in December, 0 in January, 2 in February, 3 in March, 0 in April
    • VGK played 10 back-to-backs in 2017-18
  • The bye week is from January 24th to 31st
  • Golden Knights play the LA Kings three times in a nine day stretch
    • 12/23, 12/29, 1/1
  • 12 of the final 17 games are against the Pacific Division
  • Longest road trip is five games (games 2 through 6)
  • Longest homestand is also five games (games 7 through 12)
  • 8 out of 9 games at home in late February

Golden Knights Results At NHL Awards

Should have been a Selke candidate, could have been a Hart candidate, but the Lady Byng will have to do. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

For every Golden Knight, any trophy they win tonight is not the one they really wanted. However, a little hardware for an amazing season never hurt anybody. Vegas has four finalists in four separate categories at the 2018 NHL Awards. William Karlsson is up for Lady Byng (sportsmanship), Deryk Engelland for Mark Messier Leadership Award, Gerard Gallant is a shoe-in for Jack Adams (coach of the year), and George McPhee for GM of the Year.

The other finalists for each award are as follows. (We will update each award with the winner as well as some quotes and whatever else we come across throughout the night)

Lady Byng Trophy

William Karlsson (VGK)
Aleksander Barkov (FLA)
Ryan O’Reilly (BUF)

Winner: William Karlsson

To be honest I’m more nervous, kind of scared. What if I win? I have to go up on the stage, it’s kind of scary. For sure (scarier than playing the Stanley Cup Final). Much more. At least I know what I do on the ice. Going up on the stage and potentially having to speak to a lot of people is a lot scarier. -William Karlsson

It’s very special, just looking back a year ago who would have thought I would have been sitting here nominated for an award, but to win it, it’s been a crazy year. -Karlsson

Messier Leadership Award

Deryk Engelland (VGK)
Wayne Simmonds (PHI)
Blake Wheeler (WPG)

Winner: Deryk Engelland

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Marc-Andre Fleury, James Neal Named Pacific Division All Stars

It’s nice being a superstar. Flower = All Star (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

The NHL has released the full rosters for the 2018 NHL All Star Game and the Western Conference leading Vegas Golden Knights have two players on the Pacific Division team.

Forwards James Neal and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury have been selected to the game. It is both Neal and Fleury’s 3rd appearance.

Neal has scored 18 goals and has 11 assists for a total of 29 points. He was instrumental in getting the Golden Knights off on the right foot scoring game winning goals in each of the team’s first three games.

Fleury has been selected despite playing in just 12 games. Nonetheless he does sport a 9-2-1 record, a 1.73 goals against average, and a .945 save percentage.

All Star snubs and Luca Sbisa (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Somehow neither Jonathan Marchessault nor William Karlsson have been selected despite leading the team in goals and points on the season. Both have been named alternates.

Also, Gerard Gallant will coach of the Pacific Division by virtue of the Golden Knights having the best record.

The 2018 All Star Game will take place at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida on January 28th.

I didn’t expect this because I haven’t played too many games this year. I’m excited because it’s always a nice honor to be a part of. I just feel like there’s so many great players around the league and they only pick a few. It’s an honor to be a part of those guys. It’s part of the excitement of the All-Star game. I’m fortunate. This wouldn’t be happening without the help of all of my teammates. They’ve helped me look good throughout the season. I thank them for that. There could have been a lot of guys from this team that got to go, don’t you think? We’ve got so many guys stepping up throughout the season. Marchy has 40 points right now. That’s awesome. William Karlsson has scored so many important goals for our team. Subban has been playing great in net, too. I wish the other guys could do this too and be a part of it. Too bad there’s only a few of us going. We get to go because of all of the work that they’ve done this season. -Marc-Andre Fleury

It’s very exciting to be named to the All-Star team. I’m looking forward to representing our team in Tampa and share the All-Star experience with Marc-Andre and Coach Gallant. Having three representatives from the Golden Knights is a great honor, there are a bunch of guys on our team who are having All-Star caliber seasons. Thanks to my teammates and coaches for their great play this season and Golden Knights fans for their unbelievable support. -James Neal

Luca Sbisa Out 6-8 Weeks After Tearing Ligament In Hand

4th Golden Knight fight, 2nd Golden Knight injury. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

According to a report out of Switzerland, Golden Knights defenseman Luca Sbisa will be out for the next 6-8 weeks after playing in just one game since returning from an ankle injury that kept him out the previous nine games.

The report indicates Sbisa tore a ligament in his left hand and had to undergo surgery to repair it. Sbisa was in a fight with John Hayden early in the 2nd period of Friday’s game in Chicago. During a majority of the fight Sbisa’s left hand is used to clutch Hayden’s jersey.

Following the five minutes in the penalty box, Sbisa did return to the ice to play three more shifts concluding the 2nd period. He did not return to the game in the 3rd and did not play in the Golden Knights last game against the New York Rangers.

The 6-8 week timeline would have Sbisa out until at least the middle of February. Expect a combination of Jon Merrill and Brad Hunt to fill in during his absense.

The Golden Knights have yet to place Sbisa on IR officially and have not yet confirmed nor denied the Swiss report. This article will be updated when they do.

UPDATE: The Golden Knights have sent out a press release confirming the news.

Injury Updates: Marc-Andre Fleury, Jonathan Marchessault, Erik Haula, Malcolm Subban

UPDATE (11:54 AM PST – 10/23/17)

UPDATE (4:31 PM PST – 10/22/17)
Malcolm Subban has been placed on IR with what the team described as a lower-body injury. The team says they expect him to be out for “approximately four weeks.”

UPDATE (1:50 PM PST – 10/22/17)
Jonathan Marchessault – Participated in practice wearing a white jersey (jersey colors indicate lines. Others in white were Reilly Smith and William Karlsson.)

Think you can be ready for Tuesday? -SinBin.vegas

Yeah I think so, I think that’s the plan so far. I’ve been cleared for contact and I had a couple good practices in a row, and I feel ready. -Marchessault

He described the injury as an awkward fall. Gallant confirmed he expects Marchessault to play Tuesday against Chicago.

Erik Haula – Skated on Saturday in a red “no contact” jersey prior to the morning skate for the game on Saturday. Joined full practice, still wearing red, today.

I’ve got a little bit more testing to do on the lower body but I felt good. I don’t think it’s up to me. I’m happy with the progression I’ve had and I have one more practice tomorrow and we’ll have a better answer by then. -Haula

Marc-Andre Fleury – There is no update beyond what we already know. He is reevaluated every day and will return when he is fully cleared. There is absolutely no timeline on his return.

Malcolm Subban – Subban was injured midway through the third period of Saturday night’s game. On the ice, it appeared to be a lower-body muscle or ligament issue as it was a non-contact injury. The Golden Knights are expected to place Subban on IR and recall Maxime Lagace later this afternoon. They also said he will be reevaluated this afternoon and an update may be available. He is going to be out at least a week. Sportsnet’s John Shannon reports a team source told him Subban will be “probably out for weeks.”  For more on the Golden Knights goalie situation, click here.

Original Updates (1:02 PM PST – 10/20/17)

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