Now it’s no secret you come to SinBin.vegas because you’re sure there’s no one on the Internet more informed about the Golden Knights than us. Knowing this, you take everything we say as Gospel. You then spend much of your day preaching what you read and hear on this site to the rest of the valley spreading our wealth of knowledge and making Las Vegas a better place. But… sometimes it’s nice to hear someone much more famous than us say exactly what we’ve been spewing for the past two years to remind you of why you still come here and read
this s**t these articles.
Well that someone else just so happens to be the venerable, Pierre LeBrun. In an interview with WGR 550 in Buffalo, which I highly recommend you listen to in its entirety (or at least start at 8:30 when they talk about Vegas), LeBrun spits some hot fire about the upcoming Expansion Draft. And as it turns out, especially if you listen to the SinBin.vegas Podcast, it’s stuff you’ve probably heard before.
Here’s the reality, Vegas is not necessarily going to take the best player available and that’s where everything gets skewed. The reality is, George McPhee is going to do a number of side deals. (Don’t take player X in return for an asset) -Pierre LeBrun
LeBrun wouldn’t put a number on how many he expects to come out of the Expansion Draft, but did mention on multiple occasions that McPhee’s phone has been lit up in the recent weeks and will likely stay that way for the next month.
Once you see the roster remember something else, there’s a real good chance maybe up to a third of those players you see on that list on June 21st aren’t even with Vegas come October. There’s going to be a lot of flipping I think. -LeBrun
When their picks are announced on June 21st the instant reaction on Twitter, and I can’t wait to see it, is going to be, “Is George McPhee out of his mind, why didn’t he take (player) X.” Well he didn’t take him because over the next week you’ll see something else announced. -LeBrun
He even elaborated on the little tweet rant we covered two weeks ago.
Vegas has a UFA window and there are teams that have told me they are thinking of reaching out to Vegas and saying “if you can go out and sign that guy on our behalf, we’ll give you this asset.” The reason Vegas would actually contemplate this is with a team where they say they don’t like any of the guys that are available. That’s the team where they might go to another team and accept a UFA, and flip him. -LeBrun
Finally, he made one of the coolest predictions about the Expansion Draft we’ve heard yet.
The levels and the layers to all of this is just unbelievable. I think the period from about June 15th to July 2nd could be the busiest in the 100 year history of the National Hockey League in terms of news and player movement. -LeBrun
All in all, that LeBrun guy is pretty darn smart and I’d recommend you listen to a lot of what he said here. Just remember, don’t freak out about the players the Golden Knights did or did not select, and never forget, no one’s goal is to win in 2017-18. They want to be in the playoffs in 2021 and win the Cup in 2024, and every move they make will reflect it.
So when you see the picks on June 21st, and start a tweet “@SinBinVegas Is George McPhee out of his mind. I can’t believe he…” stop, and think, Pierre said I was going to do this. Then don’t do it.