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Vegas Golden Knights Jersey Concepts: Second Edition

The wait to finally see the Vegas Golden Knights jerseys is killing us too, so we decided to take another stab at what they may look like when we’ll see them at the Expansion Draft on June 21st (yes, June 21st. That’s the plan, tell everyone so they stop asking me).

We already know the homes are a “storm grey” with black and gold trim with red and white accents, and the aways are white with black, gold trim and a little dose of red as well. But our fearless leader gave out a bit more info on them recently.

Well we’ve got our jersey designed. It’s now going into production. We’re probably going to not release our jersey until the day of the expansion draft. The NHL is having an event in New York where they’re showing all the new jerseys. We believe we’re going to defer from that and we will release our jersey the day of he expansion draft on national television. It’s the black, gold and gray colors with some red accents. The red accent represents the red rocks and the gold represents the gold producing state. We have the storm gray that we’ve released on some of our t-shirts and sweatshirts and so that represents ‘strength’ and ‘sticking to the program.’ The black really represents ‘dedication and fortitude.’ We have a whole talking point on our jersey and what each color represents and what it means and what the logo means. We’re excited, but there’s so much to do. –The Creator to Puck Daddy on March 28th, 2017

There’s also the wrap on the team store which we think may have dropped us a hint.

So, here they are, Isaac Palestino’s shot at the Vegas Golden Knights jerseys.

NOTE: These are NOT official pictures of the jerseys from the organization. No one at SinBin.vegas has seen the jerseys to this point.

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Gallant’s The Right Man Today, But Will He Still Be In Four Years?

The Vegas Golden Knights got it right on their first coaching hire. GM George McPhee described Gerard Gallant as an honest man and a good leader. The Creator looked like a proud Papa approving who his GM brought home to dinner (I’ll go along with the analogy, but I still think Ken is weird). Yesterday’s introductory press conference was another big moment for the franchise. Gallant’s hiring is a sign in the right direction, but that certainly doesn’t mean there’s room for concern.

My main apprehension with Gallant’s hiring is his strong emphasis on player size. Of course, every team needs to play physical, intimidating hockey but to what extent?

I think it’s harder to build a team that plays a power game the way you built L.A. and the way Boston was. It’s almost easier based on today’s players to build a team that plays faster, that can attack faster offensively but also can attack defensively. -Kevin Weeks, NHL Network

Pittsburgh is the clear example of a team built for today’s pace of game. The Penguins are one of the smallest and least physical teams and yet won the Stanley cup on speed and pressure. And it’s not just the reigning champs. Other teams are evolving to match the speed and pressure of top NHL teams. LA fired Daryl Sutter and his dedication to big, physical play to adopt a more balanced roster. Heck, Florida sent Gallant packing (literally) from Florida for this very reason.

Gallant mentioned multiple times yesterday that size was important to the style of play he coaches.

We wanted to develop a team and build a team that was fast, could move the puck quickly, pressure the puck in all three zones. Gerard and I talked about it. He said he wanted a little bit more size, and we just decided to go in a different direction. Were we on the same page every day of the week? No … philosophy was different. -Tom Rowe, Florida Panthers

If you look at NHL teams average height and weight, you’ll notice it doesn’t necessarily win games. Especially, this season. Scroll through friend of the site and spectacular columnist James Mirtle’s size chart. You’ll notice some of the biggest teams spit the bit this season. Colorado, Winnipeg, Los Angeles, Dallas and Buffalo were all in the top five in either weight or height. Playoff teams Pittsburgh, Chicago, Montreal, Ottawa and Boston are all in the bottom percentile of the league in both body measurements. 

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Watch The Full Gerard Gallant Introduction Press Conference

Our friends over at Fox 5 Vegas live streamed the entire press conference of the hiring of Gerard Gallant from this afternoon.

Here are some of the best quotes of the day.

**Huge shout out to Fox 5 for not only doing a live stream of the entire press conference, but also letting us use it. They are now our new TV channel. Step your game up 3, 8, and 13.**

Gerrard Gallant Named First Coach In Vegas Golden Knights History

Despite the fact that there won’t be an official “knighting” ceremony, former Panthers head coach Gerard Gallant is now Sir Gallant, the first head coach in Vegas Golden Knights history.

There is a great deal of excitement in the hockey community regarding what is happening with the Golden Knights and I am glad to now be a part of the team. We have a state-of-the-art practice facility being constructed, a world class home arena and from what I’ve heard, a very passionate and engaged fan base. I look forward to seeing that enthusiasm first hand and will work with George and the rest of the hockey operations staff to ice a team that Golden Knights fans will be proud to support. -Gallant in Golden Knights Press Release

Gallant was fired just 22 games into the season with the Florida Panthers with the reason cited as “philosophical differences.” Most believed it was due to disagreements over the use of analytics in deciding ice time and playing style, but Gallant denied that a few weeks after being let go.

Prior to his gig with the Panthers, Gallant spent four years as the head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets. That was widely considered an unsuccessful tenure, which led Gerard to take a job QMJHL with the Saint John Sea Dogs. Gallant led the Sea Dogs to back to back titles and went on to win the Memorial Cup as well in 2011. This renaissance thrust Gallant back on to the scene.

One of the key players on his Memorial Cup winning team was a big reason why Gallant found himself standing behind an NHL bench once again. The Panthers selected Jonathan Huberdeau with the 3rd overall pick in 2011. Gallant was instrumental in getting Huberdeau that far, and then was able to reunite with him in the NHL in 2014.

The saga surrounding Gallant’s release in Florida made international headlines, as did these two pictures (1 and 2). Following a loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, Gallant was fired and left to take a taxi with assistant coach Mike Kelly (remember that name) who was released as well. But the oddity doesn’t end there. Normally when coaches are fired following an NHL game, it’s done immediately following the game and the media never gets a chance to speak to the coach. Well that was not the case with Gallant. However, no local media traveled from Miami to this particular game in North Carolina, so the Panthers allowed Gallant to speak to a few AP writers before making him aware of his release. The whole story is broken down in this excellent article from CaneCountry.com. It says a lot about the state of the Florida Panthers organization, but also about what kind of person the Golden Knights just hired.

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Head Coach Gerard Gallant Bio

Name – Gerard Gallant
Born – September 2nd, 1963 (53 years old), Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Nickname – Turk (His brother called him Turkey), Spuddy (Prince Edward Island is known for potatoes), or Sir Gallant (Knight reference)

Playing Career

1980-1981 – Sherbrooke Castors
1982-1983 – St. Jean Beavers
1982-1983 – Verdun Juniors
1983-1985 – Adirondack Red Wings
1984-1993 – Detroit Red Wings
1993-1995 – Tampa Bay Lightning
1994-1995 – Atlanta Knights
1995-1996 – Detroit Vipers

Highlights 

  • Drafted #107 overall in the 6th round of the 1981 Entry Draft
  • NHL All-Star Second Team in 1988–89
  • Silver Medalist of Men’s World Ice Hockey Championships in 1989 with Team Canada
  • 615 career NHL games, 211 goals, 269 assists
  • Elected into QMJHL Hall of Fame in 2014

Coaching Career

1998-1999 – Fort Wayne Komets (Assistant)
1999-2000 – Louisville Panthers (Assistant)
2001-2003 – Columbus Blue Jackets (Assistant)
2003-2007 – Columbus Blue Jackets (Head Coach)
2007-2008 – New York Islanders (Assistant)
2009-2012 – Saint John Sea Dogs (Head Coach)
2012-2014 – Montreal Canadiens (Assistant)
2014-2017 – Florida Panthers (Head Coach)

Highlights

  • All Star Game Coach in 2015-16 of Atlantic Division
  • Runner up for Jack Adams Award (Coach of the Year) in 2015-16
  • Back to back QMJHL League Championship 2011 and 2012
  • Memorial Cup Championship in 2011
  •  Assistant coach of Gold Medal winning Team Canada in 2007 Men’s World Ice Hockey Championships
  • 328 career NHL games coached. 152-141-35 overall record
  • One playoff appearance in 2015-16

Personal

Daughter Melissa is married to professional hockey player Darryl Boyce, and son Jason played four seasons in the Maritime Junior A Hockey League.

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Gallant

The Creator confirmed live on the air of Fox Sports 1340, the new radio home of the Vegas Golden Knights, that the team will announce their head coach tomorrow at noon.

Instantly the rumor mill starting spinning at a mile a minute, and pretty much landed on one name… Gerard Gallant.

The Vegas Golden Knights are expected to name their first ever head coach on Thursday, and it’s expected to be Gerard Gallant. –Ryan McKenna, SportsNet

Gallant was fired from the Florida Panthers after just 22 games. He fits the bill that McPhee has been looking for in a players coach.

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SinBin.vegas Podcast #60: VGK Finds Radio Home

This turned out to be quite the unique episode as breaking news came down during the middle of it and hijacked the show. Hosted by Ken Boehlke and Jason Pothier.

  • Darryl Sutter doesn’t fit in Las Vegas
  • Steve Carp tweets about the radio home of the Golden Knights.
  • Ken prepares a tweet.
  • Jason’s inability to read and react to a clock.
  • Easiest DB of the Week ever.
  • The guy on the United flight. What are we missing here?

And much more…

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**Thanks again to Tony Cordasco for joining us. You can find his company at Dasco Events and catch him on Sports Adrenaline every Thursday.

Golden Knights Find Their Radio Home

Time to set your presets in your car to 1340 AM and 98.9 FM, cause they are the new home of the Golden Knights on the radio. That’s Fox Sports Radio in Las Vegas and they are owned by Lotus Broadcasting, the same company that owns ESPN Radio and NBC Sports Radio in Vegas (Yes, it’s weird, but it’s true).

The plan is to have the Knights on Fox Sports Radio, which has signals on AM (1340) and FM (98.9). There will be no pre-empting of the broadcasts, which was a key element for the hockey team. Lotus’ inventory of stations allowed it to guarantee a permanent home for the NHL, and with the FM signal will guarantee reaching all parts of the valley. -Steve Carp, LVRJ

Lotus broadcasts UNLV Rebel football and basketball, and carry Las Vegas 51s games for the 11 people that listen to AAA Baseball on the radio. Lotus is also the home of the most local sports talk shows with hosts including Mitch Moss, Michael Pritchard, Steve Cofield, and Seat Williams. There’s no debating, Lotus is the undisputed sports radio powerhouse in the valley.  So from that perspective, this is the right place for the Golden Knights, and it’s obviously a great add for Lotus.

 

We do have our questions however about how great of a choice this really is for the Golden Knights?

Luckily, there’s a press conference this afternoon that may give us some of the answers. So, rather than go on and on about it now, only to find out the reasons for our reservations have been solved, we shall wait. But believe you me, we’ll have much more on the impact of this decision later tonight or tomorrow, and odds are, it’s not going to be pretty.

There is other positive news from the Lotus announcement though…

The team also is expected to announce its games will be broadcast in Spanish on ESPN Deportes, a Lotus station located at 1460 on the AM dial. -Carp

How many people will actually listen? Who knows, but honestly, who cares. This is an excellent move for the Golden Knights. 25% of the Las Vegas population primarily speak Spanish. Reaching that quarter of valley residents is crucial. It was a clear priority for the Golden Knights, and ESPN Deportes offers it.

The press conference is scheduled for 3:00 PM.

Stop It! Darryl Sutter Isn’t Coming To Vegas

Well, I guess we must go through this again. The same darn conversations followed Claude Julien’s release in Boston. Now, it’s Darryl Sutter, a two-time Stanley Cup winning coach getting the axe in LA. The writing was on the wall for Sutter and now another strong candidate is open to talk with George McPhee. Before we speculate Sutter’s direction, let’s just cut the cord now. Darryl Sutter will not be the head coach of the Vegas Golden Knights.

I feel like I’m that negative uncle you see a few times a year and he’s always just a complete asshat. You know, when you introduce the girl of your dreams and Uncle Sour comments out loud that the last girlfriend was hotter. That’s how I feel. I’m here to deflate people’s excitement, and it sucks, but every once in a while Uncle Sour’s pessimistic brain says something that sticks with you. Let’s hope this is that.

The first and most important reason the Golden Knights won’t hire Sutter is the price tag. The Kings paid the Cup winning coach $3M a year. His starting price is already too pricey for The Creator. With the abundance of jobs and the Babcock trickle-down effect, Sutter could easily make upwards of $4M a season. He will not be offered that much in Las Vegas.

“That’s probably a lot for us. I’ll tell you what we really want. George McPhee’s going to make the call. My call is going to be, is this a guy I can work with feel comfortable with. All the people we have in this organization keep their egos in check they are about winning hockey games or making a successful business. -The Creator on 2/10/17

That’s not enough? You could call Sutter a late bloomer of some sorts. His last five and a half seasons behind the bench were much more successful than his previous 12. Sutter finally tasted the celebration champagne and he’s not ready to rinse his flute. The Golden Knights will not be in position to make a run until Sutter is past 60 years-old. I’m not trying to age-shame anybody but let’s face it, not many coaches over the age of 60 go on to win the Cup. And just stop right now screaming the name Scotty Bowman into your phone as you read this. It’s Scotty effing Bowman for crying out loud, the man is a God D*** legend, and even for him winning at 68 years-old is an amazing story. Badger Bob Johnson was the only other coach to win the cup after 60 in the past 50 years. My point is Sutter won’t wait until he’s collecting Social Security to compete again. Here’s a text Sutter sent last year to Sportsnet’s Elliot Friedman before he signed his extension with LA. He doesn’t sound like a coach looking to develop a franchise. 

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Head Coaching Rumor Roundup

With the bow tied on the NHL regular season and the heads already beginning to roll (Lindy Ruff) off the coach chopping block, it’s time for a recap of where we stand in Las Vegas.

The Golden Knights have made it clear they aren’t in a hurry to hire the first head coach in franchise history. There was a moment there back in February when McPhee/McCrimmon and the Golden Knights braintrust discussed moving up the timeline, and even conducted interviews with at least a pair of coaches, but the timeline quickly shifted back to “after the season.”

So now that we are here, it’s time to take a look at the most likely coaching candidates, their connection to Vegas, and why we here at SinBin.vegas believe each make sense to stand behind the Golden Knights bench in October. But first, here’s a little recap on what’s going on (or at least what he’s telling us) inside George McPhee’s mind when it comes to the coach search.

We want someone who is very current on the game, who’s progressive. I’ve had the opportunity to work with lots of coaches in the NHL. Had great experiences in the world championships working with several NHL coaches. So, we know who’s out there. We decided way back in August, that we were going to take our time and interview along the way. – GM George McPhee

George is looking for a particular type of of coach. He’s not looking for a first-termer. He’s looking for a guy who’s learned a lot and has coached a couple of other teams. I would say the coach that will name is going to be a recognizable individual but he has to fit George’s culture. –The Creator

George McPhee’s going to make the call. My call is going to be, is this a guy I can work with feel comfortable with. All the people we have in this organization keep their egos in check they are about winning hockey games or making a successful business. -The Creator

It’s not an easy process to evaluate players when you are just getting going like we are and I don’t want to be evaluating a coach and players at the same time. I’d rather have the coach be someone who we know has done the job and can do the job and we’ll be focusing on players for the next few years… In Washington I went with a lot of guys it was their first time around, my preference would be an experienced guy…The coach certainly has to fit the model we are looking for. I’ve liked putting together high scoring entertaining teams. It’s a fun way to play the game and a fun way to watch the game. -McPhee

Head Coach Candidates for Vegas Golden Knights

Jack Capuano
Resume – New York Islanders Head Coach (2010-2017)
Style – The former defenseman coaches the same way he played. Defensive, gritty and physical. Blocking shots, winning neutral zone battles, and puck possession are his pillars.
VGK Connection – Capuano was the head coach while McPhee was an advisor to GM Garth Snow in New York.

Capuano emerged as the favorite in February, but each passing day his stock slips as the Golden Knights prove they have their eye on others. He has been interviewed by both McPhee and The Creator for the position in Vegas. Cappy is still the leader in the clubhouse, meaning he’ll get the job if they can’t find anyone better or McPhee truly didn’t want a head coach in the room prior to the Expansion Draft.

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