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JACK DUGAN AGREES TO SIGN CONTRACT WITH VGK

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GOLDEN KNIGHTS ACQUIRE NICK COUSINS (F) FROM MONTREAL CANADIENS

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In a second deadline day deal, the Golden Knights have acquired forward Nick Cousins from the Montreal Canadiens according to multiple reports.

Cousins has scored nine goals and has 22 points in 58 games with the Canadiens. He previously played with the Arizona Coyotes and has scored three times in 10 games against the Golden Knights.

He is 26-years-old and a pending RFA with arbitration rights this summer. Cousins has played all three forward positions this season.

More to come on this story…

GOLDEN KNIGHTS ACQUIRE ROBIN LEHNER (G) FROM CHICAGO

The Golden Knights have acquired goalie Robin Lehner from the Chicago Blackhawks according to multiple reports.

The return is still not confirmed but it is expected to be a 2nd round pick and a prospect. Malcolm Subban will be headed to Chicago as well. The prospect will be Slava Demin, VGK’s 5th round pick in 2018.

The deal was completed as part of a three-way trade.

VGK gets: Robin Lehner & Martins Dzierkals
CHI gets: Malcolm Subban & Slava Demin
TOR gets: VGK 5th round pick

This was done so that salary could be retained by both Chicago and Toronto allowing the trade to be completed keeping Vegas cap compliant.

Lehner finished 3rd in Vezina voting last season and has posted .918 save percentage this season in Chicago. He is an unrestricted free agent on July 1st (and has expressed a willingness to sign a large deal), but his cap hit for the remainder of the season is $5 million.

CODY EAKIN TRADED TO WINNIPEG JETS FOR CONDITIONAL 4TH ROUND PICK

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Per TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Golden Knights have sent Cody Eakin to the Winnipeg Jets for a conditional 4th round pick.

The Golden Knights confirmed the trade shortly after the news broke on Twitter.

No salary was retained in this transaction. The move clears $3.85 million in cap space for the Golden Knights potentially making way for another move in the near future.

GM Kelly McCrimmon is expected to speak to the media about the trade tomorrow after morning skate.

This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

GOLDEN KNIGHTS ACQUIRE ALEC MARTINEZ FOR 2 2ND ROUND PICKS

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The deal that was rumored all day yesterday has been completed. The Golden Knights have traded their 2020 2nd round pick and the Blues 2021 2nd round pick (from Colin Miller trade) to the Los Angeles Kings for defenseman Alec Martinez.

Martinez is a 32-year-old left-handed defenseman who has the ability to play both sides on defense. He comes with a $4 million cap hit through the end of the 2020-21 season.

Statistically, Martinez has struggled a bit offensively with just one goal and eight points in 41 games. He does average over 21 minutes of ice time and has a ton of playoff experience including scoring the game-winning goal of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final.

Martinez is expected to join the team and play tomorrow against the Lightning.

He’s a nice addition to our group. He’s a seasoned guy that has the ability to raise his level at the important times of year and we’re excited to have him. -Pete DeBoer

Kelly and I had some frank conversations about the strengths and weaknesses of the team. I don’t think it’s any secret that getting a defenseman has been a priority or at least at the top of the list. If they were going to do something that was going to be one of the first things they did. I think those conversations were pretty frank and pretty early in the process. -DeBoer

His skating, he’s a strong guy. He’s a warrior, he’ll block a lot of shots. He can chip in offensively and he still play some power play. -Brayden McNabb

Golden Knights Purchase AHL Franchise, Relocating Them To Las Vegas/Henderson

The Golden Knights have purchased the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL and pending the expected approval from the AHL’s Board of Governor’s, they will be relocated to Las Vegas/Henderson for the 2020-21 season.

Though it was not announced formally today, the team is expected to play at The Orleans Arena next season and stay for either two or three years. The plan is then for the team to move to a new arena, yet to begin construction, in Henderson.

The AHL team is expected to be named the Henderson Silver Knights and they will practice at Lifeguard Arena in Henderson, the new public rink being built on Water Street.

By every relevant metric, the growth of the game here the last few years at all levels has been remarkable. We could not be more proud to bring a second professional hockey club to the Valley to accelerate this growth even further. -The Creator

The Golden Knights will end their affiliation with the Chicago Wolves at the conclusion of this season and will bring all players under Golden Knights contract with them to the new affiliate in Las Vegas/Henderson.

This move will effectively centralize our hockey operations and streamline our processes in terms of player development, scouting, transfers and staffing. -George McPhee

The Golden Knights are currently accepting refundable season ticket deposits of $50 for the AHL franchise. They can be purchased at this link with current season ticket holders receiving priority access in the seat selection process.

Source: Golden Knights To Add Steve Spott To DeBoer’s Coaching Staff

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According to a reliable SinBin.vegas source, former San Jose Sharks assistant coach Steve Spott will join Pete DeBoer’s staff in Vegas following the bye week.

Spott was added to DeBoer’s staff in San Jose a few months after DeBoer took over in 2015.

Spott ran the sharks power play for most of his time in San Jose. The Sharks posted the 6th overall power play last year converting at 23.7%. They were also #3 (22.6%) in 2015-16. Overall, the Sharks operated at 21.6% under DeBoer/Spott while the Golden Knights sit at 18.7% in franchise history.

Last year DeBoer announced he was switching the roles of his coaching staff, moving Spott to be in charge of the defense. He remained in charge of the defense until he was fired with DeBoer on December 11th, 2019.

Prior to joining DeBoer’s staff, Spott was the head coach of the Toronto Marlies of the AHL. In one season he led the Marlies to the Western Conference Final. Before that, Spott worked under DeBoer as an assistant for the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers from 2002-2008. When DeBoer left to take the head coach position in Florida, Spott stayed on as head coach of the Rangers for 5 seasons. Spott and DeBoer first worked together in 1997 with the Plymouth Whalers and the two have worked together for 16 out of the last 23 years.

A powerful Toronto Sun article from 2016 details just how close DeBoer and Spott are.

Spott is expected to join DeBoer in Las Vegas this week and an official announcement from the team is imminent.

GOLDEN KNIGHTS FIRE GERARD GALLANT, HIRE PETE DEBOER

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At 7:37 AM the Golden Knights announced they are relieving head coach Gerard Gallant and assistant coach Mike Kelly of their duties with the Vegas Golden Knights.

The Golden Knights also announced the hiring of former San Jose Sharks bench boss, Pete DeBoer as the new head coach in Vegas.

GM Kelly McCrimmon held a press conference in Ottawa prior to the Golden Knights practice.

DeBoer is expected to join the team later tonight or tomorrow and coach them in tomorrow’s game at the Ottawa Senators. Assistant coaches Ryan Craig, Ryan McGill, Dave Prior, and Tommy Cruz are expected remain with the team.

GOLDEN KNIGHTS HAVE ACQUIRED CHANDLER STEPHENSON (F) VIA TRADE

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The Golden Knights have acquired Chandler Stephenson from the Washington Capitals for a 2021 5th round pick. Stephenson is a 25-year-old forward who was drafted by George McPhee in the 3rd round of the 2012 NHL Draft.

Stephenson’s best season was in 2017-18 when he scored 18 points (6G, 12A) in 67 games. He is a bottom-six type player who kills penalties and plays about 10 minutes a night.

Stephenson has one year left on his contract at $1,050,000. He is an RFA with arbitration rights this summer.

Darren Dreger reports the Golden Knights have given up a 5th round pick in exchange for Stephenson.

VALENTIN ZYKOV SUSPENDED 20 GAMES

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The NHL announced today that Golden Knights forward Valentin Zykov has been suspended for 20 games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.

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