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Free Agency Periscope

It was a tough day in VGK land as every one of the six free agents walked out the door and the team added only a backup goalie.

2024 VGK Free Agency Tracker

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A roundup of all the signings, rumors, and rumbling surrounding the Vegas Golden Knights as free agency opens in advance of the 2024-25 season.

*This article will be updated throughout the day as more information rolls in.*

  • Jonathan Marchessault will head to the open market after failing to come to an agreement with the Golden Knights. (Source: @PierreVLeBrun)
    • Marchessault looks to be headed to Nashville on a 5-year contract at $5.5 million AAV. (Source: @PierreVLeBrun)
    • Confirmed. (Source: @FriedgeHNIC)
  • Chandler Stephenson signed with Seattle. 7 years at $6.25 million AAV. (Source: @FriedgeHNIC)
  • VGK are expected to sign goaltender Ilya Samsonov. (Source: @MikhailZislis)
    • Kelly McCrimmon confirmed the deal is 1-year for $1.8 million.
  • Victor Olofsson has signed a 1-year $1.1 million deal with VGK. (Source: @PuckPedia)
  • William Carrier has signed with the Carolina Hurricanes for a 6-year deal with $2 million AAV. (Source: @frank_seravalli)
  • Anthony Mantha has signed with the Calgary Flames on a 1-year contract worth $3.5 million. (Source: @renlavoietva)
  • Michael Amadio has signed with the Ottawa Senators for 3 years at $2.6 million AAV. (Source: @DarrenDreger)
  • Alec Martinez signed with the Chicago Blackhawks for 1-year at $4 million. (Source: @frank_seravalli)
  • Jiri Patera signed a 2-year contract with the Vancouver Canucks. (Source: @Canucks)
  • The Golden Knights are “positioning themselves to take a run at Steven Stamkos. (Source: @frank_seravalli)
    • Stamkos appears likely to sign with the Nashville Predators. (Source: @PierreVLeBrun)
  • VGK have signed Zach Aston-Reese to a two-way one-year deal at $775k. (Source: @HockeyAgent1)
  • VGK have signed Tanner Laczynski to a 2-year contract with an AAV of $775k. (Source: @PuckPedia)
  • Qualifying offers were extended to Pavel Dorofeyev and Kaedan Korczak. (Source: @GoldenKnights)
    • Dorofeyev signed a 2-year deal with $1.83 million AAV.
    • Korczak signed a 2 -year deal with $825k.
    • Ivan Morozov also received a qualifying offer to allow VGK to retain his rights while he plays in the KHL. (Source: @DannyWebster21)
  • Akira Schmid, Layton Ahac, and Mason Primeau did not receive qualifying offers. (Source: SinBin)
    • Schmid is expected to sign an extension with the Golden Knights. (Source: @FriedgeHNIC)

Former VGK players

  • Reilly Smith is being traded to the New York Rangers. (Source: @FriedgeHNIC)
  • Nate Schmidt has been bought out by the Winnipeg Jets. (Source: @reporterchris)
  • Erik Brannstrom was not extended a qualifying offer. (Source: @FriedgeHNIC)
  • Laurent Brossoit to Chicago for 2-years at $3.3 million AAV. (Source: @frank_seravalli)
  • David Perron will sign with the Ottawa Senators. (Source: @SunGarrioch)
  • Tomas Nosek signed with the Florida Panthers. (Source: @DarrenDreger)

Simplified Salary Cap Tracker

  • VGK are approximately $1,285,016 UNDER the salary cap with a 23-man roster (13 F, 8 D, 2 G)
    • Eichel, Stone, Hertl, Karlsson, Barbashev, Roy, Howden, Kolesar, Brisson, Holtz, Rondbjerg, Dorofeyev, Olofsson – $48,970,834
    • Pietrangelo, Hanifin, Theodore, McNabb, Whitecloud, Hague, Hutton, Korczak – $31,041,150
    • Hill, Samsonov – $6,700,000
  • Qualifying Offers – Morozov* ($874,125)
  • Expected LTIR – Lehner ($5,000,000)

*Not expected to sign

**This is an inexact salary estimation designed to give a rough outline of how much cap space the Golden Knights have to operate with. For exact up-to-date salary cap information, visit PuckPedia.com.**

Post Draft Periscope

The Golden Knights made two trades and selected the most controversial player in the Draft in the 1st round.

 

VGK ACQUIRE AKIRA SCHMID (G) AND ALEXANDER HOLTZ (F) FOR PAUL COTTER AND 3RD ROUND PICK

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The Golden Knights didn’t waste much time to acquire a goalie after moving Logan Thompson, completing a trade with the New Jersey Devils.

VGK have acquired goalie Akira Schmid and forward Alexander Holtz in exchange for Paul Cotter and a 2025 3rd round pick.

https://x.com/SinBinVegas/status/1807121156740390986

GOLDEN KNIGHTS TRADE LOGAN THOMPSON TO WASHINGTON FOR 2 3RD ROUND PICKS

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The Golden Knights have acquired the 83rd pick in the 2024 Draft and a 3rd round pick in the 2025 Draft from the Washington Capitals in exchange for goalie Logan Thompson.

VGK selected goaltender Pavel Moysevich of SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL with the 83rd pick.

https://x.com/SinBinVegas/status/1807114710560784744

Golden Knights Take Massive Risk In Selecting Trevor Connelly

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With the 19th pick in the draft, Vegas selected a player who has apologized for posting an anti-Semitic picture on social media, confessed to urinating on a student’s belongings, and was accused of directing a racial slur at an opposing player. There are also claims of punching, slew-footing, and verbally abusing teammates at different points on the seven teams he played on between the ages of 13 and 17. (If you haven’t read the article in The Athletic yet, stop what you are doing and read it now.)

In selecting Trevor Connelly, the Golden Knights have taken a giant risk in the name of winning hockey games.

The 18-year-old Southern California-born forward is one hell of a hockey player. At times during his junior career, he’s been considered a top-five talent and was regarded as one of, if not the, best player at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup U18 tournament last summer.

To ever make it as a hockey player though the words spoken by both Connelly himself and VGK GM Kelly McCrimmon after being drafted must materialize in his actions. Each spoke about how the teenager made mistakes, learned from them, and grew to be a mature, caring, charitable person.

Unfortunately, due to his checkered past, words aren’t going to cut it. To be able to chalk up his prior transgressions to childlike mistakes as they’ve been portrayed, he must prove his reformation as a person day in and day out for years and years to come. Until he does that, his talents as a hockey player are trivial.

The next chapter in the life of Trevor Connelly is now linked to the Vegas Golden Knights.

Entering this draft, Connelly’s history has been well publicized and it was clear many teams removed him from their draft boards completely. Vegas were willing to stick their necks out for this player like no team before them were.

Now, they have to be right.

The Golden Knights are an organization that has always talked about the importance of character. For months leading into the Expansion Draft they stressed their focus on selecting great human beings, even over great hockey players. During their initial run of success and all the way through winning the Stanley Cup, they attributed a large portion of the success to the culture that was built through exceptional integrity of the locker room.

All of that now rests in the actions of a supposedly reformed juvenile.

If more comes out about Connelly or if he makes another mistake even close to as grievous as those in his past, it will be a stain on everything the Golden Knights have stood for over the first eight years of their existence.

The Golden Knights say they’ve done their due diligence. The player has apologized and taken steps to correct his mistakes. The pieces are there for this to work out and it to go down as an awesome story of a young man’s growth as he becomes an adult.

But the pieces are also there for this to be one of the worst mistakes in the history of the NHL Draft, and one that was easily avoidable.

It’s up to Trevor Connelly with the help of the Vegas Golden Knights to decide which story this becomes.

Golden Knights Select Forward Trevor Connelly With 19th Pick In 1st Round

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With the 19th overall pick in the 2024 NHL Draft, the Golden Knights have selected Trevor Connelly from the Tri-City Storm of the USHL. Connelly is committed to play hockey this fall at Providence College.

Here are what scouts have written about the 2024 #19 overall pick.

EliteProspects.com: Connelly is a burner. Give him the puck in space, and he makes things happen. Some of that is skill, a lot that effectiveness rests in the details – it all depends on what’s in front of him. When confronted by a defender playing a tight gap, Connelly dictates their momentum, changing lanes and cutting across his opponents as they react; if the defence sags, he cuts inside

The Hockey Writers: The 18 year old is seen as a sure top-six talent according to league scouts.

Dobber Hockey: Dynamic, skillful winger with great playmaking and puck-carrying abilities. Plays a very unrefined game, but has sky-high upside.

Daily Faceoff: From an on-ice perspective, Connelly has so much going for him. He’s been lighting up the USHL all season long … Off the ice, though, is what teams are concerned about. It just depends on which teams you talk to.

The Hockey News: About two years ago, Connelly posted an image on the social media platform Snapchat, in which the photo depicted a friend posing in front of building blocks that was formed in the shape of a swastika. Connelly was also accused of making a racial slur in a game in 2021, but after an investigation was unable to verify the incident, it resulted in the initial suspension for the violation to be lifted.

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