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VGK’s Bargain Binners Significantly Over-Performed In Cup Run

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This week NHL outlets compiled a team of the biggest bargains of the 2022-23 season. Unfortunately, zero Golden Knights players made the list, nor should they have. When Tage Thompson is the bargain bin’s top center, you can only imagine how skilled the rest of the lines and pairings are.

Sportsnet’s 2022-23 All-Bargain Team:


Brandon Hagel (TBL) — Tage Thompson (BUF) — Daniel Sprong (SEA)
Michael Bunting (TOR) — David Krejci (BOS) — Gabriel Vilardi (LAK)
Zach Parise (NYI) — Morgan Frost (PHI) — Taylor Raddysh (CHI)
Stefan Noesen (CAR) — Thomas Novak (NSH) — Sonny Milano (WSH)

Erik Gustafsson (WSH/TOR) — Luke Schenn (VAN/TOR)
Mark Giordano (TOR) — Rasmus Sandin (TOR/WSH)
P.O. Joseph (PIT) — Sebastian Aho (NYI)

Stuart Skinner (EDM)
Filip Gustavsson (MIN)

So, maybe there wasn’t enough room for VGK’s valued players, but several deserve praise after their unexpected production during Vegas’ championship run.

Michael Amadio
16 Goals, 11 Assists, +2, 99 Shots On Goal, 2 Game-Winning Goals, 12:13 Average Time On Ice
$762,500 Cap Hit

Amadio’s output was not only surprising in the regular season, but he continued to outperform expectations in the playoffs. In 16 games, the 27-year-old pitched in with five goals and five assists for the Stanley Cup-winning Golden Knights, including a big-time game-winning goal against Winnipeg in double overtime.

As for being a bargain, Amadio scored as many playoff goals (5) as Sebastian Aho ($8.4M AAV), Aleksander Barkov ($10M AAV), Auston Matthews ($11.6M AAV), and Tyler Seguin ($9.85M AAV) in roughly as many games. While Florida was paying Barkov $2M per goal, Vegas was shelling out $152,500 per goal scored by Amadio. Surely, to the everyday Joe, six figures to score a goal seems like a boatload but compared to others mentioned, the Golden Knights got themselves a significant discount.

Adin Hill
25 Starts, (16-7) Record, 61 Goals Allowed, .915 Save %, 2.45 Goals Allowed Average, 16 Quality Starts,
$2,175,000 Cap Hit

We’ve gone over Hill’s Stanley Cup run dozens of times since June 15th. What else can we say? The third-string (or second depending on who you ask) goaltender was outstanding and unstoppable in the three series he suited up for. Hill led all qualified postseason goalies in save percentage, goals allowed average, losses and shutouts and made a fraction of what the rest of the playoff goalies make annually.

Vegas’ backstop earned $4,780 per save, $197,727 per victory, and $1,087,500 per shutout in the postseason. Compared to the three other goaltenders to start 14 games or more, the Golden Knights barely opened their wallet for a postseason victory. The Panthers paid Sergei Bobrovsky $17,094 per save, $833,333 per win, and $10M per shutout. Seattle offered Phillipp Grubauer $15,485 per save and $842,857 per win. Western Conference Finals goalie Jake Oettinger played three more games than Hill and Dallas reimbursed him $8,510 per save, $400K per win, $4M per shutout. Looking back, Hill could be one of the biggest bargains in modern NHL history.

Brett Howden
6 Goals, 7 Assists, +5, 13:04 Average Time On Ice
$863,333 Cap Hit

Like Amadio, Howden massively overperformed in the postseason. The forward played in all 22 playoff games, averaged 13:59 minutes per game, totaled ten points and scored a game-winning overtime goal in the Western Conference Final. Howden scored twice in the opening series vs. Winnipeg, while tallying another two in the Stanley Cup Finals. The newly minted Golden Knight cost only $172,666 per goal, which was around the same as Amadio’s dollar-per-goal rate. With both of them in the lineup, Vegas received well over their expected ROI.

Keegan Kolesar
8 Goals, 10 Assists, +6, 63 Shots On Goal, 279 Hits, 11:28 Average Time On Ice
$1,400,00 Cap Hit

Kolesar might surprise some people for being on this list. He’s not known for his offense or his defense but adds a layer to the Golden Knights that not many other players do. The fourth liner was another surprise contributor during VGK’s Stanley Cup run. Kolesar had five points in 22 games, but they came in big spots. In Game 6 of the WCF, the physical forward assisted the game’s first goal and scored VGK’s third of the series-ending contest. Kolesar landed the third most hits out of any player in the postseason just behind Florida’s Radko Gudas and Sam Bennett. The Panthers were spending $52K per Bennett hit and $27K per Gudas check, whereas the Golden Knights shelled out $17K to Kolesar. Checks tend to get overlooked in the regular season, but they’re magnified in the playoffs. Vegas easily got their return back from Kolesar’s postseason conduct.

This list could extend to include William Carrier, Nic Hague, Nic Roy, and Zach Whitecloud. All four were key contributors during Vegas’ Cup run and earned way more than what their pay stubs state. So, while Vegas’ cheap purchases were overlooked around the league, Golden Knights fans will never forget the efforts of VGK’s lower-paid players.


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  1. knights fan in minny

    got one of my cup t shirts today i waited awhile and they were half off wore it proudly to the bar restraunt that plays the wild games rub it in a little

    • TS

      Half off?!? I guarantee they aren’t half off in Vegas!! Did you buy online, and which site??? I want one!

      • Bobby

        Target store clearanced them out at 50% after 3 weeks, I bought 3 XXL shirts $11 each

  2. Jailbird

    Rub …. Rub … Rub …. !

  3. VGK fan

    Howdens cap hit was 1.5 million last season still a good deal.

  4. Jailbird

    Cotter and Pavo will compete 100% for that spot on Wild Bills line. May the best man win!

  5. THE hockey GOD

    VGK Players Lockers at Wolfgang Puck at downtown Summerlin abruptly closes, Alex Tuch among others were co owners of this brand. The bidenomics dumpster fire continues, and this closer to home. 2024 can’t come sooner to get this train wreck and piece of shit out of office for good.

    • Nick

      That last comment just shows what an idiot you are. Let’s stick to hockey instead of bullshit.

      • THE hockey GOD

        anyone who thinks closing of VGK owned brand name eatery is bull shit because of

        biden train wreck

        IS BULL SHIT

        PS what part of fact that VGK players owned this is not clear to your pea brain ?

  6. Jailbird

    Business close all the time, regardless what party is in the Whitehouse.

    • THE hockey GOD

      this business closed while biden train wreck was in charge of things,

      tell it to the employees who are now looking for work and VGK players

      who invested.

      • Frank

        This is all part of a bigger re-branding of sorts for Wolfgang puck, starting with the closure and rebranding of Lupo @ Mandalay Bay. “Kaplan says the Players Locker closure is part of a larger-scale shake-up, starting with Lupo, the Wolfgang Puck restaurant that has been at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino for 24 years.”

        FWIW, I liked the Player’s Locker and went there periodically, just never seemed to gain the traction you need to be sucessful in the restaurant business. I went too to it’s previous iteration – Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill before it became the Players Locker in Feb 2020 (talk about bad timing for a restaurant to open)…. Anyway, 90 some odd percent of restaurants fail within the first three years…. it’s a tough business and has nothing to do with the VGK.

  7. Tim

    Let’s get real Biden and Trump should both step aside time for some fresh faces maybe who can actually work with both sides if that will ever be possible again.

    • THE hockey GOD

      @ Tim
      the left is set on destroying this nation, open up your mind. Look at how they
      destroy everything they touch. CA is a mess. NV is becoming a mess. New York is a mess. Every major blue city is a mess.

      WAKE UP
      And under obama and biden our credit rating was reduced. That says all you need to know about their policies. They want to rush in socialism and make us like Venezuela and Cuba. It’s pretty obvious. WAKE UP.

      • Jailbird

        Just the same old bullshit from you constantly thg. Do you think anyone here is swayed in any way by your crap? Why don’t you go on the actual political blogs and try and sell your wares? For us here it’s just blah, blah, blah! But know what? We are the Stanley Cup Champions!

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