Here we go, it’s Day 2 of making crazy predictions (here are Ken’s from yesterday). I truly believe a couple of my predictions will come true this season. Especially, the one about Jack Eichel squaring off against Connor McDavid.
Call me crazy, but Shea Theodore will pass his career high in goals in 2023-24.
There have been theories floating over the past several seasons that Alex Pietrangelo’s presence impacted Theodore’s growth. It’s an easy assumption, considering Theodore was the Golden Knights’ biggest threat in the 2020 postseason. The Original Misfit registered seven goals in the bubble and 12 assists to go along with his breakout performance. Months later Pietrangelo was acquired and appeared to slow Theodore down.
The 28-year-old flashed some skill in the Stanley Cup Final and there’s reason to believe it will carry over to October. After playing in Bruce Cassidy’s system for 76 games, Theodore is in a position to flourish offensively. Look for Theodore to top 15 or more goals this season. Maybe enough to earn a few Norris Trophy votes.
Call me crazy, but there will be a goalie controversy at some point during the season.
The former interim turned full-time head coach of the Montreal Canadiens is rumored to be on the verge of taking a job as an assistant with a Western Conference team. Per a few reports in French out of Montreal (see below), the former conference champion head coach could be coming to Vegas.
Of course, the Golden Knights are looking to fill not one but two assistant coach jobs with both Ryan Craig and Misha Donskov departing the VGK bench this summer.
Ducharme served as head coach of the Habs for 83 regular season games and 22 playoff games. His teams struggled mightily in the regular season posting just a .361 points percentage but were excellent on the run to the Stanley Cup Final that included beating the Golden Knights.
If the rumors are true and Ducharme does come to Las Vegas, it would mean three former NHL head coaches will stand behind the bench for the Golden Knights. It’s happened a few times before, but it’s certainly rare.
.@renlavoietva verrait Dominique Ducharme chez les champions en titre de la coupe Stanley. Pensez-vous qu'il s'agirait d'une bonne destination pour lui?
Dominique Ducharme reprend du service. Il sera nommé adjoint à un entraîneur chef d’une équipe de l’association Ouest de la Ligue Nationale de Hockey dans les prochaines heures. @jic_tvasports@BPMSportsRadio
KSDK news in St. Louis reported today that the Blues and the St. Louis Sports Commission have put in a bid to host the 2026 World Junior championship. TSN’s Gord Miller followed up by tweeting that Las Vegas, Seattle, and Tampa are also interested.
The tournament takes place in late December into January, typically utilizing two stadiums.
The 2024 version of the tournament will take place in Sweden while a location has not been announced for 2025.
The 29th franchise in the ECHL has been awarded to Lake Tahoe via an ownership group including former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow.
The team, which has not been named, will play at the brand new Tahoe Blue Event Center starting in the 2024-25 season.
The Golden Knights’ current affiliation with the Savannah Ghost Pirates began in 2022. At the time of the announcement, no details on the length of the agreement were released.
Most teams are not located anywhere near their ECHL affiliate, however, there are a handful of AHL affiliates close to their ECHL partners. It would make logical sense for the Golden and Silver Knights to look at an affiliation with Lake Tahoe when the team begins play in two years.
Tim Tebow is helping to bring the ECHL to Lake Tahoe.
The Golden Knights headed up to Edgewood Tahoe Resort at Lake Tahoe to play in the first outdoor game in franchise history. Only one period of the game was played during the day, but it was quite a sight to see. Here are some of the best pictures, videos, gifs, and social media posts from the amazing scenes at Lake Tahoe.
**The game has been postponed. It will be resumed tonight at 9 PM PT on NBCSN.
When the Golden Knights face off against the Colorado Avalanche on February 20th, they’ll become the 26th NHL team to skate outdoors. While five other franchises have waited for almost two decades, Vegas will get their opportunity up in Northern Nevada in only their fourth season.
Here’s a cool fact about Lake Tahoe, it never freezes over.
The Lake Tahoe Basin has its share of below-freezing days and nights, but surprisingly enough the Lake itself has never frozen over. On occasion, Emerald Bay has been covered with a layer of ice, and ice also forms in cold protected inlets. However, Lake Tahoe’s great depth and volume of water is always in motion and keeps it from being the world’s largest ice rink. -KeepTahoeBlue.org
Luckily, the league did their research and will avoid any ice cracking disasters. The NHL games will take place at the Edgewood Tahoe Resort in Stateline, NV. It’s reported that an ice sheet will be built around the resorts golf course, however it was unclear exactly where. Will an NHL game be played be on a massive three-hole water hazard?
Many were confused why the NHL would choose the Avalanche over one of the three California teams. I’d imagine there were several reasons, but one would have to be the spotlight factor. Colorado and Vegas are two premier teams in the West division, it allows the league and networks a chance to showcase both clubs. In all likelihood, it could be a playoff series preview. San Jose may be closer to Lake Tahoe, but clearly, the league felt a superior Colorado team would make for a better event.