Unfortunately, SinBin.vegas has nothing to update regarding Nate Schmidt‘s pending contract. His scheduled arbitration hearing on August 3rd is quickly approaching and we’re hoping a third-party ruling is unnecessary. If you need an arbitration lesson, watch this quick video the Golden Knights posted.
According to some projections, Schmidt is due to make $2+ million per year. By all accounts the Golden Knights are anticipating a signed contract with the former Golden Gopher defenseman.
We’ll do our best to reach a deal. But we’re comfortable with the arbitration process because it gets the deal done. -George McPhee to Review-Journal
It’s in everyone’s, including fans, best interest a deal gets done amicably. The last thing VGK fans need is an unhappy Mr. Smile. Vegas fans will want the same fun, wild Schmidt Washington adored. Don’t believe me? Believe the hundreds of pissed-off Capitals fans on Twitter. Their collective depression should have Vegas fans ecstatic. Schmidt is the early favorite to become a the next Strip celebrity.
Here are comments from heart-broken Capitals fans this past week.
"Nate Schmidt is top five caps legends all time" – not sarcasm
— face221 (@biddybiddybiddy) July 22, 2017
capitals fans when nate schmidt was selected by the golden knights pic.twitter.com/B5xOIjxsW5
— adam berner (@i_bern_em) July 24, 2017
❤️so how can we buy Nate back from vegas?
— GoCapsGo (@happy2bemrsd) July 16, 2017
There's only one man capable of bringing people together like this @nateschmidt29 the hero we need pic.twitter.com/OY2CgdtEBF
— Anthony (@alcirillo) July 18, 2017
When I found out Nate Schmidt went to Vegas https://t.co/VSs0mv91t3
— Doug Life (@LorenzoMeow) July 16, 2017
nate schmidt to come back https://t.co/cWrv5UPWak
— b (@nhlburakovsky) July 16, 2017
all i want is the story behind this gif pic.twitter.com/ngtXRKCSA2
— tired (@ugsadkid) July 15, 2017
My nate Schmidt grief took me to a weird place
— Djoosy Djoos (@djoosydjoos) July 21, 2017
Why did you dirty bastards steal Nate Schmidt from our hearts?
— Michael Stanford (@HalfAgain) July 14, 2017
Haha, seriously these fans are furious. And they’re not too happy with George McPhee either. Oh well. Schmidt is 25-yeas-old and ready to break out. He has a big opportunity to become part of the Golden Knights. His impact on and off the ice has major potential for the club as he’s part clown, in a good way, and fans will love his silliness. If he was beloved in a city with an abundance of sports stars, imagine his approval rating with Golden Knight fans. Check out more Twitter reaction the day of the Expansion draft.
McPhee is an Evil on Earth. WHAT HAVE WE DONE TO YOU, GEORGE?! WHY ARE YOU SO CRUEL TO CAPS FANS?!
— Andrey Poryadin (@andrey_poryadin) June 21, 2017
There is no asking price to high for smiley. He is unmovable. Sad
— Zak Poulin (@ZPou1in) June 21, 2017
Now THATS a bad schmidtuation
— Kaitlyn Munsterman (@kaitymunsterman) June 21, 2017
@NitsujTol our smiley boy is leaving us😢
— I love to goals (@squill__m) June 21, 2017
I already hated Vegas and the whole idea of hockey there. Now I absolutely despise them.
— Bill S (@jaxhockey) June 21, 2017
We’ll ignore, for now, the ongoing rumor of Schmidt’s “hated” for dogs. That’s for another day. Most likely, the hearing will never happen and a deal will be done soon. Once it’s done it’s show time. Vegas fans get ready for smooth skating, bleep-talking, hijinks, and a loony smile.
“Nate Schmidt is top five caps legends all time”
Speaking as a Caps fan, and one who likes Schmidt, uh… no.
The person posting that must be young and new to Caps fandom.
Schmidt has a great personality which makes him a fan favorite, but as for “top five caps legends all time….”
Not even close. Many many many more come before. In the grand scheme of things, he was just getting started.
Thanks for the laugh, tho.
Instead of a bridge contract, does it make sense to lock him up to a long-term deal? You can save money in the long run if he pans out. Teams will overpay for free agent defensemen
As a long suffering Caps fan who has decided that I’ll take a losing team with a future in Vegas over a team of perpetual losers, Nate Schmidt is not even close to top 5. But he was a major steal in the first place by GMGM (As we called him-before the cursing began.) I mean, Jim Carrey beats out Schmidt, before we even get to Dale Hunter or Rod Langway.
GMGM is great long range planner, I think he is looking to win big in the future, rather than build a first round playoff loser (at best) and then do a rebuild. One thing I am curious about is size versus speed. GMGM drafted for size, and as the game has morphed I am curious how he has adjusted. I have en’t looked at the player size for Vegas yet.