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Hardest And Softest Spots In Golden Knights 2021-22 Schedule

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It’s so nice to be looking at a real schedule again. Teams outside of the awful division, real road trips, tricky back-to-backs, bye-weeks, you name it, this schedule has it. In fact, this year’s schedule is even more jam-packed than the previous 82-game schedules the Golden Knights have had due to the late start and the Olympic break in the middle.

Looking over it, there are six spots that jump out as the easiest and toughest spots over the seven-month season. We’ll start with the positive, a group of three stretches where the Golden Knights should be able to really make headway towards winning the Pacific Division for the third time in four years (we’re throwing out last year because that was technically the “West” division).

Softest Spots

December 29th – January 13th
vs ANA, vs WPG, vs NSH, vs NYR, vs CHI, vs TOR

This is one of two six-game homestands on the VGK schedule this year, but it’s also against a group of middling to bottom-feeding teams. Vegas has historically dominated Anaheim no matter where the games are and Winnipeg has won just twice at T-Mobile Arena in six tries. The return of Gerard Gallant will likely bring an emotional game, but home games against Nashville, Chicago, and Toronto should all be winnable too. 12 points are at stake over these two weeks, the Golden Knights should be able to grab at least eight or nine of them.

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Vegas Golden Knights Offseason Primer

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Unfortunately, as the Stanley Cup Final rolls on, the Golden Knights have officially begun the offseason. With the 2021 season running into July due to the late start, this is as jam-packed an offseason as we’ve ever seen in the NHL. Here’s a primer of what’s coming up, when, and where the Golden Knights stand.

Free Agency

Typically on July 1st, free agency opens this summer on July 28th at 9 AM Pacific Time.

The Golden Knights currently have 42 players under contract with 18 of them on the NHL roster. Here is a list of those players with the number of years left on their contract in parentheses.

*Restricted free agent upon expiry (VGK remain rights)

NHL: Mark Stone (6), Max Pacioretty (2), William Karlsson (6), Jonathan Marchessault (3), Reilly Smith (1), Alex Tuch (5), Chandler Stephenson (3), Ryan Reaves (1), William Carrier (3), Nic Roy (1*), Keegan Kolesar (1*)
Minors: Jack Dugan (1*), Pavel Dorofeyev (2*), Cody Glass (1*), Peyton Krebs (3*), Mason Primeau (3*), Maxim Marushev (2*), Jonas Rondbjerg (1*), Marcus Kallionkieli (3*), Jake Leschyshyn (1*), Lucas Elvenes (1*), Ben Jones (1*), Paul Cotter (2*)

NHL: Alex Pietrangelo (6), Shea Theodore (4), Brayden McNabb (1), Nick Holden (1), Nic Hague (1*), Zach Whitecloud (1*)
Minors: Layton Ahac (3*), Peter Diliberatore (2*), Daniil Miromanov (1*), Connor Corcoran (2*), Lukas Cormier (3*), Zack Hayes (2*), Kaedan Korczak (3*), Brayden Pachal (1*), Jake Bischoff (1)

NHL: Marc-Andre Fleury (1), Robin Lehner (4)
Minors: Jiri Patera (2*), Logan Thompson (1*), Dylan Ferguson (1*)

The Golden Knights have just one restricted free agent. That is Dylan Coghlan. Coghlan played 29 NHL games this past season which means he is not eligible for a larger qualifying offer. The Golden Knights may extend him a one-year, two-way offer worth $750,000. Coghlan does not have arbitration rights this year.

This leaves seven players who played NHL games for the Golden Knights as unrestricted free agents this summer. They are Tomas Nosek, Mattias Janmark, Dylan Sikura, Patrick Brown, Tomas Jurco, Alec Martinez, and Oscar Dansk. The Golden Knights hold each of these players’ rights until July 28th at which point they become free to sign with any team.

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