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Michael Amadio Among League Leaders In Cost Per Point

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Last season Golden Knights forward Michael Amadio surprised many people by scoring 16 goals and registering 11 assists in 67 regular season games. He doubled down in the postseason with five goals, five assists and one hell of a game winner in Game 3 of the opening round against Winnipeg.

Overall, the seven-year veteran put together his best NHL season in 2022-23 and was rewarded with a Stanley Cup championship ring for his effort. This season Amadio is back at it totaling 15 points (5/10) in 27 games. Not only is he on track to pass last season’s numbers but he’s doing it on the cheap.

NHL Standard Contract Forwards Cost Per Point

  1. Michael Amadio (VGK): 15 Points – $50,833 Per Point
  2. Michael Carcone (ARI): 15 Points – $51,666 Per Point
  3. Stefan Noesen (CAR): 14 Points – $54,464 Per Point
  4. James van Riemsdyk (BOS): 16 Points – $62,500 Per Point
  5. Thomas Novak (NSH): 12 Points – $66,666 Per Point

The 27-year-old is currently signed until the end of the season with a base salary of $775,000. In other words, the Golden Knights are getting one hell of a deal.

( – NHL UFA Cost Per Point)

With the exception of Stefan Noesen, all of the players on the top of the Cost Per Point list make more than VGK’s winger. His cap space is the third lowest on the Golden Knights active roster, taking up a tiny 0.85% of the organization’s entire salary hold.

In fact, Amadio is taking in less but significantly outperforming William Carrier, Paul Cotter, Brett Howden and Keegan Kolesar. Those pricier depth forwards have combined for only seven more points than Amadio.

  • Michael Amadio: 15 Points – $50,833 Per Point
  • Keegan Kolesar: 5 Points – $280,000 Per Point
  • Brett Howden: 6 Points – $316,666 Per Point
  • William Carrier: 4 Points – $350,000 Per Point

To inflate Amadio’s ego even more, he’s sorely overshadowing newly minted Ivan Barbashev’s offensive impact. Through 27 games, the Golden Knights are paying Barbashev $454,545 per point. Not to belabor the point but Jack Eichel’s linemate is 444th among all NHL players on the CPP list. Gulp. Oh, and just for S&Gs, Reilly Smith is being paid $384,615 per point by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

( – VGK Forward Cost Per Point)

The Golden Knights are blessed with several high-priced weapons that have led them to a first-place pace in 2023-24 and a Stanley Cup championship in 2022-23. However, they can’t do it alone and Amadio is VGK’s best example of getting more for your money. Heck, he’s the perfect example across the league.


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  1. alex

    Barbashev is a bust…Stephenson has to go…Thompson has to go…Cotter is an embarrassment

    • knights fan in minny

      fuck you alex your a bust you need to go you are a huge embarrassment to human kind

      • alex

        It’s “you’re,” you trailer park out of state fake bandwagon fan

        • knights fan in minny

          are your little porch monkeys out causing trouble today

          • Isiah Wiley

            Listen shut ur bitch ass up. It’s not his fault nor is it the team’s fault. Other teams are swarming us on defense and somehow getting through our defense. It’ll take time for this team to play as a team. Go sit the fuck down asshole

        • knights fan in minny

          i live in a house and have a cabin how big is your cardboard box you piece of shit malt liquor drinking loser

    • Freddddy


  2. knights fan in minny

    amadio should be with marchy and wild bill

  3. JB

    I like Amo wherever he plays. He works hard, has a pretty good shot and is hockey smart!

    • Emmanuel

      He’s good for 15 G’s but not an assist guy, on a scale of 1-5 defensively hes a 2. So hes a good 3rd liner, if you can get him cheap go for it, anything over 2.5M$ fuhgedaboutitt!

  4. knights fan in minny

    code – alex is a dumb fuck

  5. Emmanuel

    VGK was one of the teams that sent scouts to check out Patrick laine.
    Too expensive? Bad defensively? Who would go the other way?

    Laine-Eichel-Marchie sure would look good and could set up a
    Barbashev-WK-Stone two way second line.

  6. ThG

    let’s take a look at 22 -23 Amadio Card from Strat o matic

    Michael Amadio >>>>>>>>>LW/C/RW
    Tendency (5 stars!! that is better than Eichel and best on team, meaning
    he has tendency to penetrate better against defense to get a good
    outside/inside, or pass)
    intimidation 1-5, skating 1-8 , faceoff 0 (that is average) ASSIST rating

    Offense 3 Defense 2 (1)
    Penalty D (that is low, so he doesn’t make many penalties)
    Breakaway/penetration – 4 of 4 , that is excellent

    outside shot – 2 goal 1-6, 3 Xdc 4x DLD 5 goalie raitng 6 X DRW
    7x Dany player 8 x REB 9 xDC 10 x DLD 11 XDLW 12 XDRD

    inside shot – 2XDLW 3 goal 1-13 4 XDLW 5 x DRD 6 x DRW 7 goalie rating
    8x REV 9 X DLD 10 goalie rating 11 and 12 X DC

    breakaway / penetration
    2 X drw 3x DLD 4 goalie rating 5 x any D player 6 goalie rating 7
    goalie rating 8 x REB 9 x dc 10 GOAL 1-17 11 12 X DRW

    PASS column
    A outside shot B lose puck inside shot for center C lose puck
    D outside shot E lose puck Flose puck G lose puck H lose puck
    I lose puck J inside shot K and L lose puck

    defense COLUMN
    1 2 take away puck 3 inside shot for center 4 inside shot LW
    5 outside shot C 6 outside shot LW 7 -10 takes away puck
    outside shot only 11 penalty 12 takes away puck 13 outside shot
    14 outside shot

  7. Tim

    I’ve got to hand it to you Ken to come up with interesting articles that I would never think about is a credit to your journalism skills. This article about Amadio is a good read. Just watching the games he hustles doesn’t have a bad shot a good pickup and he plays for minimum wage. What a country.

  8. Pistol Pete

    Hopefully Cotter (also $775k but through 2025-26) can scale up as Amadio has (thanks to Bruce Cassidy btw). Then I’ll shut up about Dorofeyev. But for now mark my word, Cassidy is saving him for a rainy day and he’ll get a half a point a game minimum when he comes back in and and skates with Karlsson and Amadio again!

  9. Emmanuel

    Spot on…..

  10. Henderson Knights

    just think, in Oct of 2021 the Vgk signed Ben Hutton and picked up Michael Amadio on waivers.

    They have been 2 of the best utility/ fill-in depth players in the league over the past 3 years. and their low cap hits have made it possible to have the high priced stars too. Kudos to both of them.

    There is a lot more to value than just point totals. Defensive play, positioning, hard work, hockey sense, aggressive physical play, compete level, defending and supporting teammates, team play and cohesion, locker room likability, etc etc all factor in to a complete team player.

  11. ThG

    here is VGK waiver claim history . I = incomplete, + and –

    Vegas Golden KnightsGrigori Denisenko was claimed on waivers by the Vegas Golden Knights after being placed on them by the Florida Panthers- status I

    Adam Brooks was claimed on waivers by the Vegas Golden Knights after being placed on them by the Montreal Canadiens-status –

    Logo of the Vegas Golden KnightsMichael Amadio was claimed on waivers by the Vegas Golden Knights after being placed on them by the Toronto Maple Leafs ++

    Valentin Zykov was claimed on waivers by the Vegas Golden Knights after being placed on waivers —–

    Ryan Carpenter was claimed on waivers by the Vegas Golden Knights after being placed on waiver by Sharks ——

    Malcolm Subban was claimed on waivers by the Vegas Golden Knights after being placed —–

    Howden was acquired by Vegas in a trade with the New York Rangers just over a year ago that included former Golden Knights defenseman Nick DeSimone and a fourth-round pick from this year’s draft.- 2021

  12. ThG

    nolan patrick remains
    an unrestricted free agent

    and his name was not engraved on SC

  13. ThG

    HSK are in funk winning only 2 of last ten games, after a reasonably good start

  14. ThG

    oh oh, massive amounts of solar wind coming our way, this puts the climate cult bull shitters to shame

    An enormous dark hole has opened up in the sun’s surface and is spewing powerful streams of unusually fast radiation, known as solar wind, right at Earth. The size and orientation of the temporary gap, which is wider than 60 Earths, is unprecedented at this stage of the solar cycle, scientists say.

    The giant dark patch on the sun, known as a coronal hole, took shape near the sun’s equator on Dec. 2 and reached its maximum width of around 497,000 miles (800,000 kilometers) within 24 hours, Spaceweather reported. Since Dec. 4, the solar void has been pointing directly at Earth.

    Experts initially predicted this most recent hole could spark a moderate (G2) geomagnetic storm, which could trigger radio blackouts and strong auroral displays for the next few days. However, the solar wind has been less intense than expected, so the resulting storm has only been weak (G1) so far, according to Spaceweather. But auroras are still possible at high latitudes.

    It is unclear how long the hole will remain in the sun, but previous coronal holes have lasted for more than a single solar rotation (27 days) in the past, according to NOAA. However, the hole will soon rotate away from Earth.

    Related: Space weather is a growing threat. This new NASA center aims to help protect us
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    an image of the sun with a massive black hole on its surface

    The gigantic coronal hole is more than 60 times wider than Earth. (Image credit: NASA/SDO/AIA)
    Coronal holes occur when the magnetic fields that hold the sun in place suddenly open up, causing the contents of the sun’s upper surface to stream away in the form of solar wind, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Coronal holes appear as dark patches because they are cooler and less dense than the surrounding plasma. This is similar to why sunspots appear to be black — but unlike sunspots, coronal holes are not visible unless they are viewed in ultraviolet light.

    The radiation streams from coronal holes are much faster than normal solar wind and often trigger disturbances in Earth’s magnetic shield, known as geomagnetic storms, according to NOAA. The last coronal hole to appear on the sun, which emerged in March, spat out the most powerful geomagnetic storm to hit Earth in more than six years.

    Solar activity has been ramping up all year as the sun nears the explosive peak in its roughly 11-year solar cycle, known as the solar maximum. However, in a bizarre twist, the gigantic new coronal hole is not supposed to be part of this increase in solar activity.

    Coronal holes can occur at any point throughout the solar cycle, but they are actually more common during solar minimum, according to NOAA. When they do emerge during solar maximum, they are normally located near the sun’s poles and not near the equator. It is, therefore, a mystery how such a massive hole opened up near the equator when we are so close to the solar maximum.

    However, over the last few weeks, there have been numerous other signs that the sun is getting more active.

    —  Studying space weather can help address space debris. Here’s how

     — ‘Potentially catastrophic’ solar storm identified in ancient tree rings

     — 1st solar eruption to simultaneously impact Earth, moon and Mars shows dangers of space radiation

    On Nov. 18, a gigantic “sunspot archipelago” made up of at least five different sunspot groups emerged on the sun’s near side and has since spat out dozens of solar storms into space. On Nov. 25, an explosive “canyon of fire” eruption near the sun’s equator released a coronal mass ejection (CME) — a fast-moving cloud of magnetized plasma — that later slammed into Earth and triggered rare orange auroras. And on Nov. 28, an “almost X-class” solar flare shot out of the sun and birthed a cannibal CME that hit Earth and triggered a geomagnetic storm, which lit up lower latitudes with auroras over the weekend.

    The recent surge in solar activity is likely a sign that we are right on the cusp of solar maximum. In October, scientists revised their solar cycle forecasts and now predict that the explosive peak could begin in early 2024.

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    • Alex

      Denying man made global warming is akin to believing that the earth was made only 6000 years ago and man was made in a mythical garden by a bearded dude with nothing else to do in the sky, and he gave up a rib to get a girlfriend, and that by sending regular payments to a retired old porn whore somehow means that his shitty lonely life might be better in a made up fairytale afterlife where he isn’t as disliked as he is here and now…

      Only a totally ignorant to basic science and fossil record moron would believe and do that…oh wait…….


      • knights fan in minny

        nobody cares what you have to say ass clown loser what are you doing today going down to the booze store to get some more malt liquor

      • knights fan in minny

        is the sky falling in the hood loser

        • alex

          Give punctuation a try, trailer park guy…it can be handy

          • knights fan in minny

            i don’t have to stupid fuck

          • knights fan in minny

            did all your little porch monkeys make it home last night after a night of thugging

      • ThG

        ^^^^alex the sicko stalker pyscho creep, can’t even read English, must be drunk from all night binge in ally behind the Strat o Sphere, give your parole officer the slip again , lose your ankle bracelet ?<<<<

        • alex

          Even drunks know how to spell alley

          • knights fan in minny

            so you admit you’re a drunk loser we already knew that a drunk and a piece of shit loser good job boy

  15. JB

    So the third matchup with the stars today! Another overtime? We’ll see.

    • knights fan in minny

      logan guarding the blue paint today

      • Alex

        Fake out of state bandwagon trailer park fan desperately wanting to be a part of a winner…sad…

        • knights fan in minny

          fake ass alex in state never was a fan comes on here to annoy people because he is a piece of shit loser nig nog who knows nothing about puck so fuck off loser

        • knights fan in minny

          you were never a winner in your whole pathetic life did you find your absent daddy old one squirt and gone

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