We are just over a week away from the NHL Trade Deadline and it appears the Golden Knights and George McPhee are already the talk of the town. As mentioned previously on SinBin.vegas the Expansion Draft is causing teams to hesitate a bit on pulling off deals, but one thing they haven’t waited to do is to reach out to Vegas.
We’ve been taking calls from teams already that are interested in doing something to bolster their team for the playoffs, but they’ve also got us to worry about and they don’t want to go and add some players that they are going to lose right away to us. -Geroge McPhee, GM
That nugget was dropped on a recent interview with Tyler Bischoff and Jim Bola on the Coaches Corner. (Interview starts at 25:30)
They’re interested in talking to us about some sort of deal. What can they give us to lay off of certain people and our answer so far is, we’re not sure yet. It’s got to be something good, it’s gotta be better than the player we are looking at. You want that player now we’ll take something for the future and it’s got to be pretty darn good. -McPhee
The question that now needs to be answered is whether McPhee and his crack staff will know exactly what they’re willing to take before the clock strikes noon on March 1st.
The name Matt Duchene is one that comes to the front of mind when you think about possible players being moved that will cause expansion headaches. The center from the Avalanche is just one of many players with years left on their contract that if moved will change the protection strategies of both teams involved in the deal.
That’s where Vegas comes in, but like McPhee said, with four months from the Expansion Draft itself, it’ll be difficult to come up with a fair price that’s worth locking Vegas into anything specific this far out. Especially when you consider once each team is eliminated from postseason contention their rosters are re-opened to pre-Expansion Draft maneuvering.
We’ve probably talked to six or eight teams already and it’s only going to increase in volume in terms of phone calls and discussions over the next few weeks. -McPhee
But will any deals actually get done in time? My guess is no, but my heart and keyboard are actively rooting for something to happen, because there’s nothing I love than some good old fashioned “future consideration” speculation.