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Playoff Participation Plan Diminishes Vegas’ First Place Finish

(Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Silly comments from P.K. Subban shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone around the Golden Knights. Remember this?

He knows he bit me. I’m not trying to rip his head off. I’m not that type of player… I don’t know how I walk out of there with four minutes in penalties… It wasn’t explained. They tried to apologize after the fact that they gave me four minutes in penalties. My finger is bleeding. I don’t know what you want me to do.-P.K. Subban accusing Pierre-Edouard Bellemare of biting his finger, 01/23/19

Well P.K. is back, and he’s pushing the idea of a ridiculous 31-team playoff. Subban believes the NHL should allow every club a chance to compete for the Stanley Cup, including his 68 point Devils team. Contenders like the Golden Knights worked hard to position themselves for a Cup run, but none of that matters to the former Norris Trophy winner.

It was kind of floated around… I saw a few things on social media and I like that. For my team specifically, we were pushing to make the playoffs down the stretch. I would like to see our team have an opportunity to compete for the Stanley Cup. I’d love too see a 31-team playoff and give those pesky Devils an opportunity of bringing the Cup back home to New Jersey. I’d love to see that. -PK Subban on ESPN

While it might sound intriguing to certain fanbases, it makes zero sense for any legitimate contender. In fact, the real losers would end up being the Golden Knights and other elite clubs. Why should they be punished for playing strong during the 71-game paused season?

The NHL is not college basketball, or even the World Cup. The Stanley Cup playoffs is not a tournament of rewarded participants, it’s a tournament of winners. So, why would Vegas, St. Louis, Boston or Tampa want to risk playing a team that has nothing to lose, and face losing to a #16th seed? They wouldn’t, and frankly, they’d be wronged if the league forced them too.

If you’re New Jersey, you’re sitting there and you say, ‘okay fair enough we realize below the cut line.’ Then you say but Montreal, sitting with 71 games 71 points. The Devils go ‘whoa, whoa, whoa, time out, we’re three points behind Montreal with two games in hand. Why would you give Montreal a chance?’ The Devils would say ‘well Montreal can’t be a part of any postseason thing because we got a better point percentage then them.’ So, I guess that’s kind of where P.K. was coming from. -Bob McKenzie

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Sin City vs. Smashville; Which Atmosphere Is Better?

I’m shocked, SHOCKED, none of the players talked about this when comparing atmospheres. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

After each game opponents consistently praise the Golden Knights, the arena, and you, the fans. Last night we thought we were dealing with a different animal though. Nashville was the darling of the NHL a year ago, and the atmosphere in and around Bridgestone Arena has been described as second to none. Neither Ken nor I have been there so we left it in the hands of those who have, and we were quite surprised by the answers.

Oh, I think ours is way better. The atmosphere today was incredible, when we score the first goal the crowd gets into it. Even when we don’t the media (game ops) people do an incredible job of getting people involved in the game and it’s been really unbelievable. It’s been a big part of our success. -Alex Tuch

It’s very similar. The crowds, the way they are reacting, they are standing and yelling. It’s really fun to play in front of. -Shea Theodore

It was a really cool experience being there last year. It’s a lot like that here. -Brad Hunt (was a healthy scratch for the Predators throughout the entire playoff run last year)

Ok, fine, we weren’t surprised by those answers. But these…

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Fantasy Free Agency: Edition 1.0

If you read Hockey blogs (like this one, or this one, or even this one, or click this one so we get another hit), then you know already NHL players love Las Vegas.

Recently, Superstar Defenseman Erik Karlsson took to social media to show off his one of a kind spiked Christian Loubotins bought on The Strip.

Players love to travel and party in town during the NHL Awards week. Ducks Captain Ryan Getzlaf even took his wife and three kids and admitted he couldn’t wait to take the family on the High Roller. In fact, some NHL Players love Vegas too much… Ahem, Jarret Stoll.

With no income tax, nice weather and plenty to do, Las Vegas is perceived as a great place to lace up. What would you do if your only options were Las Vegas, Calgary or Columbus?

Some interesting names will be available via free agency in 2017. Some names are franchise players, but would they risk their career on a new franchise? And will The Creator go for a splash, or be content to build a team on smart money contracts and young talent?

Most of these questions can’t possibly be answered for another two seasons but for now let’s enjoy a fun game I’ll be playing once in while called; Fantasy Free Agency.

Behind door number 1!!!

Victor Hedman– TB Def: UFA 2017

Hedman is a monster 6’6 defenseman from Sweden who in no doubt is a franchise blueliner. The 24-year-old will have a hard time making it to free agency only assuming Tampa will try and lock him down before he hits his last year. If the Las Vegas franchise were to bid for Hedman, they would have to be willing to pay $9-10 million a year and for multiple years. (Keep in mind P.K. Subban and Shea Webers contracts were 8 and 14 years respectively.)

Like I said this is Fantasy Free Agency, and that’s why I opened up with Victor Hedman. He’s almost guaranteed to get a long extension and signing bonus from the Lightning.

But if some reason the Bolts let Hedman the Great go to free agency, look out. This will be a bidding frenzy and whatever team that’s lucky enough to sign him will have a strong blue line for years.

Hey, Victor,  how’s this look?


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