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NIKITA GUSEV (F) SIGNS ENTRY-LEVEL CONTRACT

The Golden Knights have signed 26-year old forward Nikita Gusev to a one-year entry-level contract. Gusev was the MVP of the KHL last season and will likely win the award for this season when it is handed out.

Gusev is eligible to play in the playoffs for the Golden Knights because he was on Vegas’ “Reserve List” at the Trade Deadline.

He’ll join our group tomorrow and we’ll see where it goes. I’m not going to make any promises either way right now. I like our team, we’ve played with our team all year. If we think we need him to put in the lineup we’ll see where it goes, but we are a ways from that right now. -Gerard Gallant

I’m not going to use his play in the KHL but I know he’s a very high-end player, he’s a good hockey player and we’ll see what he does in practice and we’ll see how things go. But I’m very comfortable with my lineup right now and we’ll do the job the way we are going to do the job. He’s another player to our team and that’s what really makes it good. We don’t need him right now but we’ll see where it goes. -Gallant

GOLDEN KNIGHTS SIGN JIMMY SCHULDT (D)

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The Golden Knights have signed 23-year-old defenseman Jimmy Schuldt to a one-year entry-level contract.

Schuldt was the captain of the #1 ranked team in the NCAA and is a finalist for the Hobey Baker award given to the best college player.

He attended Development Camp in Las Vegas last summer. It was the fourth different Development Camp he had attended since enrolling at St. Cloud State University, the others were Montreal, Chicago, and New York (Islanders).

Schuldt is 6’1,” 205 pounds. He’s a very good skater and is terrific with the puck. He scored 10 goals each of the past two seasons at St. Cloud State and tallied 38 and 35 points the previous two seasons. He has a strong shot and is responsible in his own end, but what I remember most from Schuldt while he was at Camp in Vegas was his decision-making.

Due to the CBA, Schuldt’s contract is a one-year entry-level deal that will expire on June 30th, 2019. He is ineligible to play for the Golden Knights in the postseason, so we won’t be seeing much of Schuldt any time soon. Once his contract expires, he’ll become a restricted free agent (RFA) and remain under Vegas’ control. He can then sign a longer-term deal, which has likely already been discussed.

I think for me just the right fit, the right organization, the right culture. If the culture is the same throughout the players and there’s a lot of character that goes into it, those are the teams that have success. -Schuldt on 6/27/18

 

MARK STONE (F) SIGNS 8-YEAR $9.5M AAV CONTRACT EXTENSION

GOLDEN KNIGHTS ACQUIRE (F) MARK STONE FOR OSCAR LINDBERG, ERIK BRANNSTROM, AND A 2ND ROUND PICK

According to multiple reports, the Golden Knights have acquired forward Mark Stone via trade from the Ottawa Senators for Oscar Lindberg, Erik Brannstrom, and a 2nd round pick.

Mark Stone is a 26-year-old forward who has scored 28 goals this season with 62 points. Stone has reached 60 points in four of his five full seasons in the NHL.

I’m so excited to be joining that team. Just seeing what they did last year in the playoffs was unbelievable. -Mark Stone

I’m close, haven’t quite signed it yet, but we’ve agreed. -Stone on extension

Just playing 2 games there in my career, the atmosphere, the city, the lineup they put on the ice every night and the ownership’s commitment to winning, I can’t wait and I’m so excited to be a part of it. -Stone

He’s a great player. He’s another big-time player and obviously the number he puts up. He plays in every situation and he’ll really help our hockey club. You know we lost a lot obviously, we gave up some great players. When you get superstar players on your team you have to give up a lot. -Gallant

He’s a great all-around player so we are obviously excited. He was the top guy on the board and we went out and got him. It shows our players what we want to do and to get things on track here and get it going again. -Gallant

You don’t know if it’s possible until it happens. Obviously every team in the league checked in on Mark Stone because he’s that type of player. I heard his name a week ago but it doesn’t mean anything close. When I went on the ice today, was it possible, yes, but was it close, I couldn’t say that, I had no idea. -Gallant

From the first 35 games last year everything changed. What they talked about last year was building for the future and all of a sudden we go on a run and it’s unbelievable and everything changes. We want to win. We had a chance to win last year and everyone wants to win. When you do things like the Pacioretty’s, Stastny’s Stone’s, they are top NHL players. We are trying to find the right mix. I think people know that Vegas isn’t just an expansion team, they want to win. -Gallant

Stone is expected to sign an extension with the Golden Knights.

GOLDEN KNIGHTS TRADE BRAD HUNT (D) AND 6TH ROUND PICK FOR 5TH ROUND PICK

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The Golden Knights have traded defenseman Brad Hunt and a 6th round pick for a 5th round pick in the 2019 Draft. The Wild have multiple 5th round picks (their own and Washington’s), Vegas will get the better pick.

MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (G) NAMED TO 2019 ALL STAR TEAM

Fleury is the only Golden Knight to be named to the Pacific Division roster.

This will be Fleury’s 4th appearance in the All Star Game.

Last year Fleury won the shootout competition at the Skills Challenge. He will likely defend that title on January 25th.

The All Star game is being held in San Jose on Sunday, January 26th.

GOLDEN KNIGHTS CLAIM VALENTIN ZYKOV (F) ON WAIVERS

Zykov has played with the Edmonton Oilers and the Carolina Hurricanes this season. He’s scored 4 goals and tallied 7 assists (all with the Hurricanes) in 30 games this season.

NATE SCHMIDT (D) SIGNS 6 YEAR EXTENSION AT $5.95M AAV

ALEX TUCH (F) SIGNS 7 YEAR EXTENSION AT $4.75M AAV

Per a report from Elliotte Friedman (subsequently confirmed by VGK) the Golden Knights have locked down forward Alex Tuch to a 7-year contract extension worth $33.25 million.

Tuch’s contract begins next season which means he’s under contract with the Golden Knights through the 2025-26 season. His cap hit remains the same ($925,000) for this season and the $4.75M begins next year.

The deal is similar to Shea Theodore’s deal in that Tuch appears to be slightly overpaid at the moment to become a steal salary-wise in a few years.

Tuch has yet to step on the ice this season after getting injured in one of the final preseason games of the year. This deal is obviously a good sign that the Golden Knights have no concerns about any lingering effects of the injury.

SHEA THEODORE (D) SIGNS 7 YEAR EXTENSION AT $5.2M AAV

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The stalemate is over. Shea Theodore has signed a 7-year contract worth $5.2 million AAV against the cap.

George McPhee said much of the negotiations were over the length of the contract. The team insisted on a long-term deal but Theodore and his agents were looking for a bridge deal that would lead Theodore to an even bigger deal in a few years.

The contract locks Theodore to the Golden Knights through the 2024-25 season with what McPhee described as “cost certainty.” In the eyes of the Golden Knights it may be a slight overpay for this year and next, but down the road, Theodore will be a steal at $5.2 million, especially if the cap continues to rise as projected.

Full George McPhee press conference below.

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