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.
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
For those wondering about the cap implications of Tuch going on (and subsequently coming) LTIR. https://t.co/L3UmYSe8Rj
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.
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.
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.
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.
GM Kelly McCrimmon held a press conference in Ottawa prior to the Golden Knights practice.
"We are in the unique position where we are right in the mix. This isn't a case where the bottom fell out and we were left with no choice. Proactively it was our belief that this is what was going to be the best thing for our organization." -Kelly McCrimmon
"He relates well with players. He's an intelligent guy. His teams have always had strong special teams. He's been to the Stanley Cup Finals with two different teams. He's enjoyed a lot of success in the NHL as a coach and w/ this opportunity, he'll continue to do that."-McCrimmon
"As a manager, sometimes you have a feeling that something isn't the way you need it to be or want it to be. We feel we've underperformed a little bit, and that's not to pile at the foot of Mike and Gerard but sometimes you feel a change is needed." -McCrimmon
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.
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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.
"This doesn't make anybody look good. Both for Z and the team. Without knowing the details it's hard to comment much further than that but we've always had that next man up mentality whether it's injuries or any other adversity we face and this is no different." -Pacioretty