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Golden Knights May Buy Their “Own Rentals” At The Deadline

Buy, sell, or hold?

David, will you be our own rental? (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

It’s the million dollar question for the Golden Knights who remain atop the Pacific Division and the Western Conference halfway through the season. The plan coming in was likely to sell, and sell hard, at the February 26th trade deadline. Then 41 games were played, the Golden Knights lost just 12 of them, and now the landscape looks a bit different.

Due to Vegas’ complex situation, the answer to the “buy, sell, or hold?” question can’t really be just one of those three words. Instead, it will be something like “sell to buy” in which Vegas ships away a UFA or two and bring in a replacement NHL caliber player immediately. Or there’s this scenario which was brought up by Gary Lawless while joining the Podcast, something that can be defined as “hold to buy.”

Teams that are in the position of George McPhee’s team acquire rentals. They go out and they say ‘we’re gonna win, so we’re going to take our 1st or 2nd round draft pick and we’re going to trade it for that terrible team’s best scorer who is going to be an unrestricted free agent in July. We’re going to buy him for 12 weeks and we’re going to hope that we win a Stanley Cup.’ If it comes to pass that Vegas is a playoff team and they don’t sign one of their pending free agents, and they use that player to win one or two playoff series, that’s their own rental. -Gary Lawless, VGK Insider

It’s reverse psychology, trade deadline style. Rather than adding a piece, you just don’t subtract a piece that should have been subtracted. The “own rental.”

James Neal and David Perron are the Golden Knights “own rental” candidates. The original plan (which was to go to the playoffs by year three and win the Cup by year six) called for a return of assets before Perron and Neal, but now, with the team in a position to win in 2018, they are “selling” the chance to gain those assets for opportunity to keep Neal and/or Perron and hopefully raise the Cup in June.

The price is a loss of assets that were expected to be added, but in reality, the loss is something that never tangibly existed and the gain is a potential parade down Las Vegas Boulevard. It’s the best situation any team can be in, and the Golden Knights are in it. They “hold” which appears as a “buy” and the only cost is something you never had in the first place.

Makes a lot of sense right? I knew Lawless was going to come in handy for something one of these days.


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  1. Bent Hermit

    There are some changes I would like to see before they try to get a player at the deadline. One would be to try Hyka with Tuch and Eakin. Leipsic hasn’t been able to take advantage of their play making. Hyka showed some chemistry with Tuch during the preseason. The other change is to the PP. They need to improve on their entry into the zone. They need to stop passing the puck back when they get into the neutral zone. It stacks all 4 PKers at the blue line and wastes time. They need to use their speed and puck moving ability to trap the PK chaser behind the play. This would make it so there is only 3 PK defenders to beat at the blue line. If these changes don’t work then I think they need to make a move at the deadline. I would prefer to see a player that can work the front of the net during the PP and that would fit on the Eakin line.

  2. Actually love the above senario. Love Leibsic’s energy, but he doesn’t seem to “click” with that line.

  3. Bc

    The hold strategy works .I think only vegas has that ability. PK could be better and lines could be massaged. Its a good chemistry team though. Still in shock we are having this conversation this season. #GoKnightsGo

  4. Alison

    Was the last time they gave up a powerplay goal dec 19 vs tampa? I could b wrong but i dont think so. I say their pk is fine. Then need to figure out how to improve on powerplay.

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