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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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Golden Knights Home Opener At T-Mobile Arena – October 10th, 2017

This post will be updated throughout the day as we cover what is sure to be one of the most historic nights in professional sports history. The Vegas Golden Knights will play the Arizona Coyotes in front of a sold-out crowd at T-Mobile Arena. Prior to the game the organization will honor the victims, families, and first responders of last weekend’s tragedy before playing the first major professional sports game as the home team for Las Vegas.

We will be covering everything that goes on throughout the day including the Gold Carpet, the March to the Arena, the pre-game ceremonies, the game, postgame interviews, and then head over to Bailiwick at The Orleans for the official SinBin.vegas after party.

Click through and continue to reload for pictures, videos, quotes, tweets, and so much more from this unbelievable night.

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Golden Knights Announce “Final” 23-Man Roster

It’s ok. Calm down. Shippy will be in Dallas with the Golden Knights. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

The deadline to cut the roster down to 23 was today at 2PM PST, however, as you will notice by some of the names omitted, one in particular, it’s safe to assume this will not be the 23 players boarding the plane to Dallas. So, here’s what was submitted to the league today.

Forwards

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare
William Carrier
Cody Eakin
Erik Haula
William Karlsson
Brendan Leipsic
Oscar Lindberg
Jonathan Marchessault
Tomas Nosek
David Perron
Reilly Smith

Defensemen

Deryk Engelland
Jason Garrison
Brad Hunt
Brayden McNabb
Jon Merrill
Colin Miller
Griffin Reinhart
Luca Sbisa
Nate Schmidt
Clayton Stoner * (IR)

Goalies

Marc-Andre Fleury
Calvin Pickard
Malcolm Subban

Before you go throwing a fit, yes, Vadim Shipachyov is not on the roster… right now. Shipachyov is one of three players who remained in Golden Knights training camp with waiver exempt status. Therefore, he is officially being assigned to Chicago without any risk of the Golden Knights surrendering him to another team.

However, we can confidently say (like, beyond a shadow of a doubt) a move or moves are coming in the next two days that will free up a roster spot. This will allow George McPhee and the Golden Knights to bring Shipachyov “back” from the AHL before the game on Friday in Dallas.

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10 Golden Knights Were At Cosmopolitan During Incident

Erik Haula gives details of the experience of the players who were locked down at Cosmopolitan during the shooting at Mandalay Bay.

We were at the restaurant until about 1:30, we weren’t out of the casino until about 3 AM. Our security guys came and picked us got us and brought us home. We got home at around 4:30 AM.

There had been reports everywhere. We were on the third floor, so a lot of people were trying to get up to where we were. Then we were trying to figure out if something was going on where we were. Everyone was told to get to the back and they locked down the restaurant. At that point it was pretty much just hunker down until we knew more. -Nate Schmidt

It was pretty scary. There was a window so went out and looked toward Mandalay Bay and MGM and everything was shut down there was no one. Couple people walking around the streets that couldn’t even get in the hotels for safety. A couple guys were trying to get down to join us for dinner and they ended up having to turn around and go back. They were stuck in traffic and luckily those guys were able to get out of there before everything hit the fan. -Alex Tuch

In total 10 players and a few of their girlfriends/wives were at the restaurant during the incident. A few other players indicated that they were at home at the time and coach Gerard Gallant was picking his daughter up from the airport.

All Golden Knights players, coaches, and staff are accounted for and safe.

Interviews from Deryk Engelland, Nate Schmidt, Brad Hunt, Alex Tuch, Colin Miller, Brayden McNabb, Jon Merrill recounting Sunday night.

James Neal Injury Update

Update (9/30/17 10:56 AM):

Original (9/28/17)

Well I mean of course it’s important and I’d love to be a part of it, but I’ve got make sure I’m ready to go. Injuries are never fun, but I’m doing everything I can here to be ready to go. -James Neal

He’s not going to play tonight, and there’s no chance he’s going to play the next game. We’ve got four or five practice days before the opener. He’s getting better every day, he feels a lot better. I’m not going to say he’ll be ready for the opener. We’re hoping, but we don’t know. -Gerard Gallant

Neal broke his hand in the first game of the Western Conference Finals. He had offseason surgery following the Stanley Cup Finals. The first day he hit the ice at City National Arena was September 21st. Every practice he’s participated in since he’s worn red “no contact” gear.

Roster Update: 34 Players Remain In Camp

Update: Chris Casto cleared waivers on September 23rd. He should not have been counted in this list.

The Golden Knights made another round of cuts including sending training camp darling Tyler Wong out of camp to the Chicago Wolves. Others to be cut yesterday were Jake Bischoff, Keegan Kolesar, and two goalies Maxime Lagace and Oscar Dansk.

With just 10 days until the season opens in Dallas the Golden Knights are now left with 34 players in camp to fill out a roster of 23. In numerical order, here’s who remains in camp.

This group is starting to get small. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Brayden McNabb (INJ), Clayton Stoner, Deryk Engelland, Colin Miller, Jason Garrison, Griffin Reinhart, Brendan Leipsic (INJ), Jon Merrill, James Neal (INJ), Reilly Smith, Paul Thompson, Cody Eakin, Oscar Lindberg, Stefan Matteau, Shea Theodore, William Carrier, Marc-Andre Fleury, Calvin Pickard, Reid Duke (INJ), Tomas Hyka, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Luca Sbisa, Erik Haula, David Perron, Teemu Pulkkinen, T.J. Tynan, William Karlsson, Chris Casto, Brad Hunt, Jonathan Marchessault, Vadim Shipachyov, Nate Schmidt, Alex Tuch, Tomas Nosek

(No transactions have been announced for Mikhail Grabovski or David Clarkson, but neither has skated at City National Arena. Both are expected to be placed on injured reserve to begin the season.)

  • We’ve yet to see Neal practice with the team, but he was skating with Leipsic before practice yesterday.
  • Duke has been out since the second rookie game in El Segundo and is likely still in Vegas to get the best treatment on his shoulder injury.
  • McNabb blocked a shot in the preseason game on Sunday in Anaheim which kept him out of practice yesterday. He is expected to be fine and back in practice tomorrow.
  • Yesterday, Thompson, Tynan, and Casto were not on the ice at practice and are not in the roster tonight, transactions have yet to be announced.
  • If you take out the three who were missing yesterday plus Duke. That leaves us with 30 players.
  • Leipsic is expected to be healthy enough to play in the final preseason game or two so he’s certainly still in the running for a spot. Neal, on the other hand, is a bit more of a question mark. If he can’t go, we’re down to 29.
  • Without Neal, the breakdown is 16 forwards, 11 defensemen, and two goalies. The team is expected to keep 13 forwards, eight defensemen, and two goalies.
  • Check out our projected 23 man roster here.

CenturyLink Reaches Deal To Carry AT&T SportsNet/VGK Games

We’re not completely out of the woods, but a huge hurdle in the race to get the Golden Knights in every home in the Vegas valley has been crossed.

CenturyLink announced today AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain will be added to their Prism TV channel lineup starting on September 15th. The channel will be available across every TV package CenturyLink provides, so Golden Knights games will immediately be available to all current Prism TV subscribers and new subscribers will not have to pay an added “sports package” fee to watch VGK games.

We are focused on providing Prism TV subscribers with the best entertainment choices, so it was very important to us to ensure that Vegas Golden Knights hockey and Mountain West Conference collegiate sports were part of the channel lineup for our Nevada subscribers. We look forward to offering our customers the premium sports content that AT&T SportsNet will provide. -Jeremy Ferkin, CenturyLink VP of Operations for Nevada

As for Cox, they still remain “in discussions” with AT&T SportsNet, the exclusive home for Golden Knights games on TV. #CoxBlocked

CenturyLink is currently the second largest cable provider in the valley, reportedly well behind Cox, however, they do offer service to every home in Las Vegas and Henderson. So now, even if Cox doesn’t reach an agreement, AT&T SportsNet is officially available to every household via CenturyLink’s PrismTV, DirecTV, and Dish Network.

AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain will be available on channel 760(SD)/1760(HD), available to all subscribers, starting one week from today.

The first preseason game is nine days away and the first regular season game in Golden Knights franchise history will be played in Dallas 28 days from today.

Golden Knights Announce Jersey Numbers

With Training Camp less than two weeks away the Golden Knights have released the jersey numbers for the inaugural roster. Here they are.

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