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Alternate Reasoning Behind The Vadim Shipachyov Trade Rumors

NOTE: McPhee has since spoken about this situation, clearly a lot of what is discussed in this article. Here’s the story.

Hockey media was set ablaze with a pair of tweets from some highly respected reporters today on Vadim Shipachyov requesting a trade.

At face value, this appears to be simple. He’s been sent to the AHL twice by the Vegas Golden Knights, they’ve played well without him, he probably still has some value, therefore maybe he’d be a better fit elsewhere.

But that doesn’t make sense when you go all the way back to why Vadim Shipachyov was brought in to the Vegas Golden Knights in the first place. Multiple times, including this afternoon by Kelly McCrimmon (article coming on that tomorrow), members of the Golden Knights front office have commented on a “flaw” in the Expansion Draft matrix.

“Waiver what now?” (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

The rules allowed for the Golden Knights to get many good players, but they were not afforded the chance to get players who were “waiver exempt” and could be sent to the AHL without the risk of losing them. So, the Golden Knights made a conscious effort to solve this problem. They acquired Shea Theodore, Alex Tuch, and Keegan Kolesar via trade and they signed Tomas Hyka, Oscar Dansk and… Vadim Shipachyov as free agents.

Note that every single one of those players began the season in the AHL, because the Golden Knights knew well before the Expansion Draft ever began that they would have a glut of players at a certain position (it turned out to be defensemen). The only way to solve this was to amass waiver exempt players.

So, what’s happening here? Before I start, I want to say that this is all a hypothesis, rooted in covering this team and knowing a lot of the facts of the situation, but nonetheless, this is NOT a report of fact, it’s more of a guess as to what could be happening, and why it’s being reported the way it is.

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Hottest Team In Sports Media: Your Vegas Golden Knights

The World Series begins tonight, the NBA just tipped off, college and pro football are in the thick of their seasons, and still the Vegas Golden Knights are in nightly headlines across the country.

I think it’s outstanding for our organization. That’s what it’s all about. We’re being mentioned for the right reasons. We’re winning hockey games, we’re playing well. The group is really taking off right now. -Gerard Gallant

Like us, I’m sure most Vegas fans have gotten calls and texts from out of town friends and family, praising the Golden Knights blazing start. Average Americans are hearing about the NHL’s hottest team in the most unusual places. National magazines and newspapers, cable news stations, local TV, and social media are all trending for the Vegas Golden Knights.

Yeah, it’s great. I think we came out here and proved a lot of people wrong. It’s been a lot of fun. -Brayden McNabb

The coaches and players are aware of the national attention, but they’re careful to stay humble from the recent fame.

“You read here and there. You watch the NHL channel… yeah it’s good. We gotta keep it going. -Deryk Engelland

Engelland’s attitude is echoed around the locker room. The players are happy about their (6-1) start but they know an 82-game season has its ebbs and flows. Forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare appreciates the attention but prefers to believe it’s about Las Vegas and not the team.

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Red Wings Give Rave Reviews To T-Mobile Arena And Fans

This place sure is nice, no one plays defense. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Vegas fans probably dislike the Red Wings after last night’s 6-3 loss. Detroit fans became the first to take over T-Mobile arena with Howe, Lidstrom, Federov, and Zetterberg jerseys. Then the Red Wing players sent fans home early after pouring it on in the third period. So I get it if there’s a little bitterness towards Detroit. However, the Red Wings organization had glowing reviews of the Las Vegas and VGK fans. Of course, they won, so it’s easier to compliment a team you just beat. Nevertheless, fans will appreciate the respect.

It was a great atmosphere and great building. The Vegas fans were big time behind them. They’re going to have lots of real good starts because the emotion in the building. They are excellent fans. It was a great atmosphere and great for the NHL… number one thing is there seems to be a lot of pride in the city of Vegas, and I think that’s great. I think when you have pride in your city, you’re going to come out and support your teams. There’s no question that you can feel the pride that this city has in their team. Gerard has a hard-working team, so there’s a lot to take pride in.” – Jeff Blashill, Detroit head coach

Captain Henrik Zetterberg also mentioned the fans, and the strong Las Vegas community.

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Golden Knights vs. Red Wings Photo Gallery – October 13th, 2017

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Hockey Central Praises Vegas, Golden Knights, Engelland

You’ve probably heard us reference Hockey Central a zillion times over the past two years. It can be seen on NHL Network and heard all over North America. Hockey Central is the best daily NHL program offered to fans. George McPhee, Kelly McCrimmon, and Gerard Gallant have all been guests multiple times. On yesterday’s show, hosts Jeff Marek, Nick Kypreos and Doug Maclean spent the early part of the show discussing the emotional night in Las Vegas.

You only have one chance to get it right. They were great. The introductions of players with the heroes… it was the perfect tone last night. -Nick Kypreos, Sportsnet Analyst

The Hockey Central trio genuinely sounded touched by Tuesday nights player introductions, the moment of silence, and Deryk Engelland’s speech. And they weren’t even in the building, just watching on TV.

It was spectacular. The players did a wonderful job. It was terrific to see the heroes, and first responders. It gives them a little bit of healing, which is tough right now in that community. – Doug Maclean, Sportsnet Analyst

Marek brought up Engelland’s moment with the fans and suggested it couldn’t have been delivered by anyone else. MacLean, a former GM and head coach couldn’t agree more. By the way, MacLean promoted Gallant to head coach of the Blue Jackets in 2004.

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Deryk Engelland’s Speech And Goal Will Forever Live In Vegas Lore

(Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Like all of you I am proud to call Las Vegas home. I met my wife here, my kids were born here, and I know how special this city is. To all the brave first responders that have worked timelessly and courageously throughout this whole tragedy, we thank you. To the families and friends of the victims, know we will do everything we can to help you and our city heal. We are Vegas Strong. -Deryk Engelland

Prior to last night’s game, Deryk Engelland went from being “the guy on the team who lives in Vegas,” to an immortal figure in Las Vegas history as the voice of the city’s first team during one of the worst moments any city has ever endured.

Then, the game started, and this happened…

It’s a moment that can only happen in sports because if it happened anywhere else, we wouldn’t believe it.

The speech… the goal… the win.

They are going to be tough to top. This team may go on to make the playoffs at some point. They may even eventually lift the Stanley Cup and carry it down the Las Vegas Strip. But there may never be another moment like that in the history of the Vegas Golden Knights.

It was probably one of the more emotional times in my life, going out there with the first responders and seeing them out there. With all that they have been through over the past week. It was a little nerve-racking to speak in front of that many people, but the response from the crowd was phenomenal. It was the least we can do for the people that went through that. -Deryk Engelland

I thought it was unbelievable. He was very nervous, but he looked like he was calm, cool and collected. He scored a goal…pretty amazing. -The Creator

It gave me some goosebumps. He’s always talks about this city and how much he loves it. I know he cares a lot. I’m happy he got to do it and he’s such a gentleman. He got a big goal for us too right away, which was nice. -Marc-Andre Fleury

It was great. That’s tough to do especially before a game. I’m sure he was nervous even just for the first game here, and then for him to do that, I don’t know how he focused on playing hockey, but he did, and he played great, and he got a huge goal for us, which was awesome. -James Neal

He made a great speech out on the ice and for us to come out the way that we played the first 7 or 8 minutes was incredible. It was the perfect script for us and it’s the way things should have went. A lot of times it doesn’t go that way, but tonight was the perfect night for our group. -Gerard Gallant

What a moment. What a night. What a person.

And as if it couldn’t get any better, the speech lasted exactly 58 seconds. The same amount of time as the moment of silence that preceded Engelland’s incredible words. One second for every life that was lost on October 1st.

There’s no word that correctly sums it up, so I’ll go with the closest one we’ve got in the English language.

Perfect.

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When Vegas Golden Knights Become Real Golden Knights

Every season ticket holder for the Vegas Golden Knights was given a free jersey as show gratitude for being one of the first group ever to support Las Vegas’ first major professional franchise. With the jersey came a box that had in it commemorative tickets, a Golden Knights pin, and a scarf. On the inside of the box and on the back of a ticket is a quote.

A knight is the epitome of the warrior class. Knights protect those who cannot protect themselves. As Vegas Golden Knights, we never give up, never give in, always advance. There is no substitute for victory. -The Creator

It happened nine days before the first regular season home game for the Vegas Golden Knights. The worst mass shooting in modern United States history and took place across the street from home of a team that will become the first ever to represent our great city.

Never before has this city needed knights quite like it does now. Never before have the words “never give up, never give in” meant more to Las Vegas than they do right now.

Yesterday, a group of hockey players who came from 20+ different places to form a team less than a month ago, spent much of the day together visiting first responders, families of victims, blood donors, and volunteers helping to pick up the pieces after Sunday’s horrific events.

Yesterday, they weren’t just Golden Knights by name, today they are actual, real-life Golden Knights. Bringing joy to places where it’s not easy to come by.

Sports have the ability to be a great healer for a city. Countless times after tragedy sporting events have brought together communities to rally for the same thing. The Golden Knights will go out and compete on Friday in Dallas and more importantly Tuesday here in Vegas with the belief that they are playing for every single person who calls Las Vegas home. They’ll play in front of 17,000+ people all with heavy hearts.

Normally I find quotes like that one to be overdone, forced, and in many ways meaningless. It’s a group of people playing an insignificant game after all. But here we are, in need of those who can “protect us.” Who will not let one heinous act ruin our great city. Who will always help us “advance.”

Here are the Vegas Golden Knights. Our Golden Knights, who have the ability to bring the city together to rally for something bigger than a hockey game.

***Click through for pictures of the team’s community appearances.***

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Golden Knights News Update

While we continue to grieve, we are doing our best to return to normalcy and know that hockey is a way we, and many of you, escape from the unfortunate realities life often deals us. We will never forget the tragic event that occurred on October 1st.

Here is what happened while we were away mourning the loss of so many innocent victims.

  • The entire Golden Knights organization, including players, coaches, front office, and business staff, were accounted for. In a press release, they added this statement, “However, we know that this is not the case for many other organizations in our city. Our hearts are with those affected and we will be doing what we can to support the victims, their families and those grieving.”
  • Fan Fest has been canceled. It was originally scheduled for tonight from 6-8 PM outside The D Casino.
    • Instead, players will make appearances in the community to show support to first responders and victims.
  • A Finnish tabloid ran a story including a quote from Erik Haula claiming many members of the Golden Knights were eating dinner at Mandalay Bay when the incident occurred. Here is the story.
    • The translated version claims a real estate agent called Haula to let him know what was happening. Haula and teammates were unaware until he received the call. He was quoted as saying “there is panic in the streets,” and “the building is closed, we are going to be here all night.”
    • This is an unconfirmed report. There is a team practice today at 11 AM, with media availability following. We should have more about the validity of this story later today.
  • The roster deadline is scheduled for today at 2PM PST. The Golden Knights, and all NHL teams, must cut down to 23 players by that time.
  • One player was placed on and cleared waivers, that was Teemu Pulkkinen. Despite scoring twice including on the power play, Pulkkinen will be sent to the Chicago Wolves.
    • Last season, Pulkkinen was placed on waivers by the Red Wings, was then claimed by the Wild prior to the season beginning. He was then traded to the Coyotes in February. Vegas selected him from the Coyotes in the Expansion Draft.
  • According to Steve Carp of the RJ, Tomas Hyka was sent to the Chicago Wolves. He was waiver exempt.
  • The Golden Knights have claimed goalie Malcolm Subban off waivers. He is a 23-year-old who was waived by the Boston Bruins. Per NHL rules, he must remain on the Golden Knights NHL roster.

Many roster moves are expected from the Golden Knights today, follow us on Twitter (@SinBinVegas) for the most up-to-the-second information.

Pray For Vegas

With heavy hearts, today we are focused on our city, our home.

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