The ghost of John Spano just doesn’t seem to want to stop haunting the Vegas Golden Knights franchise. (If you haven’t read that story, or watched the 30 for 30, do it now.) First it was The Creator not being invited to the most recent Board of Governors meeting. Then, George McPhee found himself without an RSVP to the GM meetings. Lastly, or so we thought, it was Vegas not having the ability to sign undrafted college free agents. Well now you can add another one to the list.
The league hasn’t officially set the date on which Vegas can start making trades, but a source said that once Vegas has made its final expansion-fee payment, the team could get the green light to start trading. –Pierre LeBrun, ESPN
The Creator is expecting to “accelerate” that payment up to late February or early March, which would give McPhee the chance to participate in the trade deadline this season.
I doubt we will trade for any current players prior to the expansion draft because we really won’t have a team. We are getting clarification on the situation wherein a team would like to give us a draft pick so we would give up our right to a player in the expansion draft and similar activities but we believe all of those machinations will occur during the 72 hour window prior to our completing the list of players we would receive in the expansion draft. -The Creator
This is another instance of the league going extra lengths to ensure our guy is not John Spano 2.0 (seriously, read the Spano story). Two problems with that, first, he’s not, so it’s kind of embarrassing, and second, it’s could get in the way of hockey operations.
The chances McPhee makes a deal at the deadline this season are rather slim, however, if you told me I could have a seat in the World Series of Poker, I’d probably take it and see if I couldn’t bluff my way to the bracelet.
Like the other three issues that arose concerning the final payment, it’s probably not going to end up being of any consequence. But c’mon Bettman, show that man that just changed your legacy from “two lockouts” to “first league in Vegas” a bit of love.
Eh, what am I saying, I’m never going to forget. BOOOOOO!