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2024 Trade Deadline Sparked Golden Knights Unique Roster Transformation

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After winning the Stanley Cup, the Golden Knights made a conscious effort to bring back as many of the names engraved on the trophy as possible to begin the following season. A few ancillary pieces departed in free agency and just one significant contributor, Reilly Smith, was sent away as a cap casualty.

The team got off to a blazing start and it appeared their brilliant run to the Cup was going to continue in its defense. But then the injuries began to stack up and the results mellowed out. Vegas went from leading the division on January 1st to clinging onto the final playoff spot on Trade Deadline day, March 8th.

Trades for Tomas Hertl, Noah Hanifin, and Anthony Mantha began as attempts to bolster a banged up roster and position Vegas to make another run at the Stanley Cup. When that didn’t come to fruition, those moves turned out to be the beginning of a transformation of the roster that will determine the team’s direction for the next few seasons.

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Why Noah Hanifin And Ivan Barbashev Didn’t Suffer From Chemistry Issues Coming To Vegas

From @GoldenKnights on Twitter/X

When the Golden Knights diagnosed what went wrong towards the end of the season and into the playoffs the first word that came to mind for most was chemistry. Because of all the moving pieces with injuries and trades they said it was hard to get the full team on the same page so quickly for the games when it mattered most.

In Game 5 against Dallas the Golden Knights made changes to three of the four forward lines, two of the three defense pairs, and the goalie. Two of the forward lines, and one of the D-pairs, had never played together at all while the other two had seen less than 10 games together during the regular season.

It was like this pretty much the entire postseason. Because of the arrivals of Tomas Hertl, Noah Hanifin, and Anthony Mantha, coupled with the returns of Mark Stone and William Carrier, no matter how the roster was rolled out there was going to be a ton of uncertainty. Contrast that to the Stars lineup which had essentially played the entire season together en route to the best record in Western Conference.

But it wasn’t all bad, and while it’s more likely the team looks to the lessons of what went wrong, there were shining examples of what went right both this year and last.

Atop that list is defenseman Noah Hanifin. Coming over from Calgary with just 19 games left in the regular season, Hanifin stepped in and was arguably the best defenseman on the roster for the rest of the year.

Because of the time of year we weren’t really practicing a ton, we were kind of just playing games. Sometimes you just get into it and wing it almost and that helps. -Noah Hanifin

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Sportsnet Weighs In On Future Of Chandler Stephenson And Jonathan Marchessault

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We’ve been very open with our feelings about getting a deal done with unrestricted free agent Jonathan Marchessault. Sure, we know the organization would prefer to keep the 2023 Conn Smythe winner but as Vegas fans have heard over and over again, ‘hockey is a business.’ Understanding that, it’ll be a challenge getting deals done for Marchessault, Chandler Stephenson and the rest of VGK’s unrestricted free agent.

[Vegas] will be hard-pressed to re-up Marchessault, centre Chandler Stephenson and rental Anthony Mantha now that [they’ve] locked up Noah Hanifin. No one would blame the late-blooming Marchessault ($29 million in career earnings) for pulling an Alex Killorn and taking the best offer available. –Luke Fox on

In the eyes of Vegas fans, they would like to see #81 cash in but in Las Vegas and as a Golden Knight. Sure, the fans desire isn’t necessarily VGK’s front office priorities, but they are aware of the negative attention they’ll receive if they let Marchessault walk. It will infuriate a fanbase that’s been giving almost everything they could want in seven seasons. However, a year-old Stanley Cup trophy won’t satisfy the void of the franchise’s most beloved and decorated player.

The Conn Smythe–winning Marchessault is an original Misfit integral to the defending champions’ off-ice culture and on-ice success. No doubt, in a cap-free world, the sides would be content to extend their relationship beyond this season. Yet one only need to look as far as Reilly Smith, GM Kelly McCrimmon’s 2023 cap casualty, to see the line between sentiment and business. –Fox on

To a lesser extent, Stephenson is another Golden Knight that fans would like to see return next season. However, with only a certain amount of capital, both UFA’s are tied to one another.

The demand for both centres and proven post-season performers remains sky high in the NHL. The Detroit Red Wings splashed $25.5 million at centre J.T. Compher in 2023’s free agency, and his previous best was 52 points. Bottom line: There will be a robust market for the two-way Stephenson if he remains unsigned by July. –Fox on

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Noah Hanifin Has Been “Even Better Than Expected” So Far In Las Vegas

From @GoldenKnights on Twitter/X

When the Golden Knights acquired Noah Hanifin at the Trade Deadline, they knew they were getting a great defenseman. What they didn’t know was that within two months of arriving, he’d have already made a case to be considered the best D-man on the team.

Noah hit the ground running. He’s a guy our pro scouts had a lot of regard for. He was probably better than we expected, he’s that good of a player. -Kelly McCrimmon

In 19 regular season games, Hanifin scored two goals and added 10 assists while leading the team in ice time down the stretch. He unseated Alex Pietrangelo and Shea Theodore as the quarterback of the first power play unit and became one of the first guys over the boards when the Golden Knights had a penalty to kill.

Then, when the playoffs rolled around, Hanifin took his game to an even higher level. He scored the game-winning goal in two of VGK’s three wins against Dallas and became Bruce Cassidy’s go-to option when the Golden Knights had an offensive zone draw.

Jack Eichel made the comment to me today that’s he’s played with Noah Hanifin and he’s known Noah Hanifin since he was nine years old and he didn’t know he was this good. -McCrimmon

The next step in Hanifin’s career is exciting for Vegas. The 27-year-old signed an eight-year contract shortly after arriving in Vegas and he’s ready to take his game to the next level for the Golden Knights.

I owe it to this organization to come in and be my best self on and off the ice. I’m just going to try to keep getting better, keep improving. I think my first couple of months here were great. I was super happy with how everything went, the guys, the room, just being a member of this organization was awesome. I’m happy I’m going to be here a long time. -Noah Hanifin

Hanifin’s arrival gives the Golden Knights all sorts of options on their back end. With another player in the mix who can play in all situations and thrive offensively, it should pave the way for a cap-space-freeing trade that will help Vegas retain more of their offensive weapons set to hit free agency.

They may not have necessarily been looking for one when they made the trade, but the Golden Knights may have just found their next superstar.

VGK’s Deadline Overhaul Impacted By Lack Of Chemistry

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It’s been years since Golden Knights fans have felt the empty feelings of a first round exit. Excluding the dreadful missed playoff season of 2022, Vegas has only one other first round defeat. It stunk back then and stinks again this spring.

Now that the team has been eliminated, cleaned out their lockers, and begun making summer plans, it’s time to begin diagnosing the 2023-24 season. There’s an abundance of discussions but we’ll take our time addressing them. After all, we have an unexpectedly longer summer than in years past.

How much better did the Golden Knights get after the trade deadline?

Post trade deadline the Golden Knights received extremely high grades for their late season wheeling and dealing. Completing packages for Noah Hanifin, Tomas Hertl, and Anthony Mantha, the Golden Knights put the league on notice. All signs pointed to a deep run in the playoffs with Vegas’ new flashy lineup.

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VGK’s Heaviness Contributing To 2-0 Series Lead

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We heard it way back after the 2017-18 Stanley Cup finals, the Golden Knights needed to get bigger and stronger. Or in hockey lexicon, Vegas needed to get heavier. So, they did.

They traded for Ryan Reaves (6’2″, 225) around the 2018 deadline, completed a late offseason deal for Max Pacioretty (6’2″, 217), and they traded and signed Mark Stone (6’3″, 217) minutes before the 2019 trade deadline expired. So, the organization did what they said they, get heavier. And it didn’t stop there.

Size matters, especially at this time of year. They lean on you all night and they wear teams down because they lean on you. It’s impressive because there are times when they get a lead where they’re not trying to score. They’re controlling the territory of the game, and you don’t get any second chances. Every puck is confronted in your own zone and there’s no free ice anywhere. There’s got to be tactic changes when you play that team because of their weight and size. It’s fun to watch that team play that type of playoff hockey. – Ken Hitchcock, former NHL coach on Bob McCown Podcast

Over the years Vegas introduced Nic Hague (6’6″, 230) to their lineup, took a chance on monster goaltender Adin Hill (6’6″, 215), picked up Nick Holden (6’4″, 210), added depth with Ben Hutton (6’3″, 201), brought in Nic Roy (6’4″, 202), signed a mega-deal with Alex Pietrangelo (6’3″, 215), and are currently starting large Logan Thompson (6’4″, 205) in net. Easy to say, the Golden Knights set out to be heavy, and they were rewarded with a Stanley Cup trophy last year.

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0 Shots, 5 Minutes

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The clock at American Airlines Center said 5:00 left in the 3rd period. Already down in the series the home team found themselves down a goal in Game 2 as well. They had to score and quickly.

The Golden Knights had other ideas.

Despite holding controlling the puck for a majority of the last five minutes and pulling their goalie for the extra attacker, the Stars did not manage to get a single shot on net the rest of the game.

We’re trusting each other. That’s huge. You have to trust the four other guys on the ice with you to do their job and I think we’ve been doing that really well. -Noah Hanifin

The goaltender, who was crucial in keeping the game tied in the 2nd period, used the same word, trust.

I’m used to it by now. I completely trust my forward group and D group in front of me. You know the team is clicking when they are getting in front of every puck. We battle for each other. -Logan Thompson

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