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When Will The Golden Knights Start Making Moves?

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If there’s one thing we’ve learned about the Golden Knights over the past seven seasons, it’s that they are always ready to make moves. With six unrestricted free agents set to hit the market on Monday and a limited amount of cap space currently available to sign them, it’s to be expected that Vegas will be active on the trade market before puck drop of next season.

The question becomes, when?

With the NHL Draft kicking off from The Sphere on Friday, there’s certainly a chance VGK could look to begin their offseason movement as soon as this weekend. However, there hasn’t been a lot of history of the Golden Knights making player-related moves on Draft Day.

Last year before the Draft even began, Vegas traded Reilly Smith to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 4th round pick. That pick was not for the Draft later that night, however. In their seven previous drafts, the Golden Knights have never added nor subtracted an NHL player during the Draft. In 2017, VGK exchanged a 2nd round pick for Keegan Kolesar, but Kolesar had yet to make his NHL debut (and wouldn’t until 2019) after being selected in the 3rd round in 2015.

Digging back a little deeper in the archives, in his 17 years as GM of the Washington Capitals, George McPhee only made three player-involved trades on Draft Day. In 2012, he sent Cody Eakin and a 2nd round pick to Dallas for Mike Ribiero. In 2011, he acquired Troy Brouwer for a 1st round pick that ultimately became Philip Danault. And in 2008, he moved Steve Eminger and a 3rd for a 1st in which he selected John Carlson.

*It has nothing to do with the point of this article, but during the 2007 Draft, McPhee made 4th round pick swap with the Kings. The 4th that went to LA became Alec Martinez and the one that went to Washington became Braden Holtby. Pretty crazy.*

So, between the two GMs in charge of the Golden Knights, they’ve made just three player-involved trades on draft day during 24 Drafts and the last one was 12 years ago. Typically, Kelly McCrimmon and McPhee prefer to keep their focus on the Draft during the two days of the Draft and then shift their attention to addressing the NHL roster.

The next few days have historically been quite active. VGK have not been afraid to make moves, and sometimes big ones, in the days immediately following the Draft. Max Pacioretty was sent out in 2022. 2021 saw the departures of Marc-Andre Fleury, Ryan Reaves, and Nick Holden. In 2019 they moved both Colin Miller and Erik Haula. And 2017 saw Expansion Draft picks Marc Methot, Alexei Emelin, and Marcus Kruger all moved within a week of the Draft.

Vegas’ situation is a bit unique at this Draft as they do not have a pick between #19 on Friday and #180 on Saturday. Maybe there will be so little to focus on that they can make their first big move of the offseason on the Draft floor, but more than likely, it’ll be next week when the action really starts to pick up.

Oh, and if you’re interested in the team inking contracts on Draft Day, they’ve done it twice in seven seasons. Ivan Barbashev signed an extension hours before the draft last year and Chandler Stephenson inked an extension during Day 2 of the Draft in 2020.


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  1. Knights fan in minnie

    I’ve been making right hand moves in my granny panties all day to Mitch Marner vids posted by my friend Sajit

    • knights fan in minny

      fuck off fake fuck you know who you are nig nog loser

      • Rasheed

        Seriously, you don’t understand punctuation?

        • knights fan in minny

          seriously who the fuck cares fake ass alex the malt liquor drinking nig nog i enjoy insulting you keep it up shit head

  2. Knights fan in minnie

    See trailer marner hard with knowing b its well pride Yom spook

    • knights fan in minny

      fuck off fake ass alex you nauseating piece of shit loser

  3. knights fan in minny

    veggie joe is a train wreck tonight and the border patrol did not endorse him how about those cheap fakes

  4. knights fan in minny

    thg i bet your laughing your ass off

  5. Alex

    Biden speaks like knights fan in Minnie writes

    • knights fan in minny

      hey nig nog that is your leader a failure loser just like you

    • JB

      I agree trump is the better speaker, but problem is, he lies about 80% of the time. I’m been watching the fact checker web site and it’s ridiculous the things trump says.

      • Alex

        Its so over… It won’t even be close…

      • ThG

        trump doesn’t lie 80% of time, biden does. You been brainwashed by watching fake news who twists and spins everything he says., Like BLEACH, which he never said at all. And again he never dissed the military, but you are so fucked up in the brain was believing fake news, you don’t know your ass from hole in ground. Dumb a$$

        people who say this are full of shit

        • TS

          The Fact- checkers confirmed that Trump lied dozens of times. Not conjecture. FACT
          .Facts really DO matter. Anyone can lie about whatever they want, but the candidates have Fact- Checking. It is also called Truth- Checking.


          • ThG

            fact checker is bull shit

            creepy psycho stalker,

          • knights fan in minny

            how did those cheap fakes work for you last night

        • TS

          ” I don’t think you’re a hero if you were captured. You are no hero.” Trump, about McCain.
          ” I don’t want that crippled veteran on stage with me
          … no one wants to see him.” Trump, on the campaign trail.
          ” I know more than the Generals”. ….
          But, Trump LOVES the military…as long as they don’t get injured or captured. Trump loved the military so much that his family paid off a doctor to ” find bone spurs”, a classic way so many tried to evade the Vietnam draft
          . Yeah, a real PATRIOT. What PATRIOT exchanges love letters with No.
          Korea’s Un? Who thinks Putin is a genius,and should do whatever he wants to Nato countries?? Who incited his cult to attack our own Capitol?? Not Isis, not Iran, not Russia…
          Trump did. Is that what an American leader does?? NO
          Just Trump, the TRAITOR.


          • ThG

            ever use vic’s vapor rub, moron? It has menthol in it, which is a disinfectant. And Trump never mentioned word bleach. You low IQ posters are gullible trash.

      • TS

        Jb, despite Biden’s bad debate, Trump’s repeated lies trumped Biden’s poor showing. Every question CNN asked Trump, he ignored it, then immediately blasted Biden. He never answered any question. He deflected and lied his way through the debate. But, even after all that, Biden could not/ would not capitalize on Trump’s false statements. He was clearly under the weather, but that’s no excuse. BAD, PERIOD.

        • JB

          Yes TS you are correct. But, it really comes down to what the viewing public conceived they saw. I know I cringed when Joe started talking right at the start. That is hard to overcome, plus much of the public don’t realize what trump is saying are lies. It’s just a bad situation. I don’t know how to prevent that insane man winning the election.

          • TS

            Jb, I almost changed the channel after that first few minutes. I’m glad I hung in there, as he eventually came around. He admits his age and his shortcomings. He knows he isn’t the man he used to be
            We ALL realize that as we reach a certain age. It sucks getting old! My own physical strength has waned some, but my MIND is still sharp. I believe Biden has the ability, the reasoning, the knowledge to still lead our nation .FDR spent years in a wheelchair, yet still led our nation
            .I’m certainly not ready to give up, stay home and let the Traitor- in- Chief get another 4 years muck it up for us all!

        • knights fan in minny

          so its okay for the mop top puppet kjp to fib to the American folks about veggie jo and his health a month ago she said veggie is up at the crack of dawn running circles around us with so much get up and go

        • knights fan in minny

          veggie was toast 2 minutes in

  6. ThG

    President Joe Biden stumbled badly during Thursday’s debate with former President Donald Trump .

    Slow Joe faltered badly. Can anyone say amendment 25? He has a cold ?? He has had a cold for four years. He stopped so many times in middle of sentence. Very weak, confused. vacant. Joe froze, more than once.

    Joe said he went to Normandy and spoke to WW2 veterans who died. ?!

    “We’d be able to help make sure that………the, uh, with the Covid. Excuse me, with dealing with everything we have to do with, look, we finally beat Medicare.”

    “Boy, he’s right,” Trump declared. “He did beat Medicare. He beat it to death and he’s destroying Medicare because all of these people are coming in. They’re putting them on Medicare. They’re putting them on Social Security. They’re gonna destroy Social Security.”

    America saw that Biden looked weak, stumbled, said preposterous things.

    Biggest train wreck of a debate, incoherent, dazed, confused, brain fart twice.

    drudge report is saying replace biden operation is underway. And drudge is far left wing , anti Trump site (since Matt Drudge sold his site); dems now talking about replacing joe.

    democrats are stunned at how bad this went for Biden

    fake news is trying to spin this.

    Anyone with tendency to
    consider voting for biden has no conscious, he had over a week to prepare for this, and he still messed up. Obviously party over country. Dems need to get this clown out. A vote for Biden by anyone is someone who obviously has no conscious and would be considering selling their soul for 9 hells for 1000 years for each hell. That is 9000 years.

  7. knights fan in minny

    it should be a great hockey day friday

    • Emmanuel

      Yes siree! IF they make a big draft day move it will be this year. Any team that needs blue line help will come knocking.

      If I was GM I would offer the 19th pick, Theo and and 2 young players for the first overall. My reasoning is the Sharks could flip Theo for a 1st rounder and they would have young guys ready to slot in.

  8. JB

    Draft day is here. Are the Knights planning anything big? Hope so, but fear not. Either way we should know where our FAs stand by Monday.

  9. Pistol Pete

    Will find out within the next 2 1/2 hr. if this is just a rumor. Fair chance it is, some chance it is more than one.

    • Pistol Pete

      Looks like round 1 starts at 4pm (assumed it was 12pm) so add 4 hr. to that.

    • VGK Fan

      Pistol Pete,

      If that rumor is true, they should make that trade immediately.

    • ThG

      it has been over 2 1/2 or 4 or 8 hours PP
      and your cheap fake posts , once yet again, a long line of many,
      never materialized.

  10. ThG

    democrats are imploding, calling for biden to step down

    best line of line
    Trump” I don’t know what he just said (after Biden mumbled something incoherently) and, I don’t think he does either”

    Four years of mush brain, and we still have idiots here in this forum sticking up for this weak, feckless, lying, creepy Joe don’t know. Begs question, who is really running the show ?

    • ThG

      “trump is dangerous to all values we hold dear”
      baby killing
      -letting criminals in unvetted killing our citizens
      -letting pedophiles and gender bender creeps influence our
      impressionable children without parent intervention
      -pushing fake climate change hoax down our throats
      -conducting “lawfare” against political opponents
      -illegally jailing protestors (SC ruled that Biden unconstitutionally
      charged many people with made up provisions under a law
      that didn’t allow it) – a page taken out of nazi germany

      and much much more, people need to wake up and see the real perverted
      anti American agenda of the DemoPedlphile party.

      And there’s more, they know Biden is unfit, and a danger to “democracy” (their words, they don’t even realize our form of government is not a “democracy” , but a constitutional republic). Yet the twist and spin it to make it look like other side is danger. What a bunch of psycho spinner nut jobs. Don’t buy the hype.

    • JB

      Show some fuckig decency pal. Yes the guy is getting older, so is trump, but Joe is a good man, who loves his country and will protect democracy. Trump will destroy it. You know this.

      • knights fan in minny

        show decency for what you dims propped up the veggie knowing that h was not all there

        • JB

          Mind your own business racist prick. Wasn’t talking to you!

          • knights fan in minny

            i was talking to you so obey boy

          • knights fan in minny

            get back to your Geritol boy

          • JB

            You are obviously a racist, stupid little man. Setting in your basement or trailer acting tuff with a keyboard. I would destroy you son if we ever got face to face. You are just a pathetic big talking prissy peace of YOU obey boy. Crawl into your trailer trash hole and shut the fuck up!

      • ThG

        biden has not only destroyed this nation, but he set the world afire.

        Anyone with a BRAIN can see that. He had no business running four years ago, and he has no business running now. He is an tool of left, that hates everything AMERICAN. Biden flip flops so many times you have no idea what he really stands for. The left is destroying this nation, and Biden is being used by them to do so.

  11. ThG

    “I almost changed the channel after that first few minutes. I’m glad I hung in there, as he eventually came around”

    yeah he went from terrible to pathetic to worse

    his closing statement was garbled mess, and he wanted to challenge trump to a driving golf ball contest ? Trump told him to grow up, and stop acting like a jerk.

    Says a lot about people posting here. Brain dead dumb a$$ morons.

    • TS

      Thq, stay in your lane. I was texting with JB.

      • knights fan in minny

        how funny all of the media babysitter’s for veggie stabbed him in the back last night

      • ThG

        no you weren’t you were replying on a thread I started, psycho creep.

        Time for your therapy session?

  12. ThG

    kings building back BIGLY

    The Los Angeles Kings have just acquired the 26th, 57th and 198th overall selections in the 2024 NHL Draft from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for the 21st overall pick.

    • Earl the Replanted Transplant

      And they somehow swindled the Caps into taking Pierre Luc DoucheBag without keeping any of his salary. Blake finally made a good trade. Having over $20 mil in cap space is gonna help at making some deals. I think they should try to get Mikhail Yergorov if he is still available; 6’5″ goalie with a lot of promise.

      I only stumbled on this comment because I wanted to see what you’d say about the debate. Pretty spot on.

      And once again to say the VGK need to get rid of the dragon and refuse to do LesboGayButtfuckTrannyFaggot+ night.

  13. ThG

    Democrats wasted no time in discussing the possibility of replacing President Joe Biden on the ballot for the November election during Thursday night’s presidential debate, which lasted only thirty minutes.

    Months ahead of schedule, Biden and former President Donald Trump had an unexpected meeting. The faceoff was moderated by CNN’s Dana Bash and Jake Tapper in a studio setting without a live audience, commercial breaks, or mic cuts. Despite Biden’s week-long preparation period, his age of 81 was evident as he struggled to engage with the composed former Trump.

    “Every Democrat I know is texting that this is bad,” Obama campaign alumnus Ravi Gupta tweeted just 15 minutes into the debate.

    “Just say it publicly and begin the hard work of creating space in the convention for a selection process. I’ll vote for a corpse over Trump, but this is a suicide mission,” Gupta continued.

    Half an hour into the debate, an op-ed was released by the New York Times discussing the “intense anxiety” expressed by senior Democrats, as reported by the deputy opinion editor. The article labeled his actions as a “catastrophe.”

    “I love Joe Biden, he didn’t do well at all,” Van Jones, a former adviser to President Barack Obama, said during a solemn CNN post-debate show.

    “We are still far from our convention and there is still time to figure out a different way forward if he will allow us to do that,” Jones added.

    A few minutes into the discussion, the president’s initial falsehood emerged when he asserted that he is the first president in the last ten years to have no American casualties abroad. Biden neglected to acknowledge the unfortunate loss of 13 service members during the mishandled Afghanistan withdrawal under his administration in August 2021.

    “When he was president, there were still killing people in Afghanistan, and he didn’t do anything about that,” Biden said. “When he was president, we still found ourselves in a position where you had a notion that we were the safe country. The truth is, I’m the only president [in] this century, that doesn’t have any — this decade — that doesn’t have any troops dying anywhere in the world.”

    Shortly after, the president experienced a momentary stumble before abruptly freezing up while responding to a query regarding the national debt and taxes. Tapper swiftly intervened, coming to the president’s aid by promptly interrupting Biden and redirecting a question towards Trump.

    “We would be able to wipe out his debt, we’d be able to help make sure that all those things we need to do, childcare, eldercare, making sure that we continue to strengthen our healthcare system, making sure that we are able to make every single solitary person eligible for what I have been able to do with the COVID – excuse me, dealing with everything we have to do with,” the president continued before pausing and looking down.

    “Look, we finally beat Medicare,” Biden said.


    “Guys, the Dems should nominate someone else — before it’s too late,” former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang wrote on twitter.

    the problem with replacing biden now is some states are locked into ballots based upon primary,

    bye bye dems
    Looks like Trump is going to crush them in November barring any more unforeseen political weaponizing of the judicial system

  14. JB

    Her we go. Draft starting in a couple minutes. Let’s see if anything big happens!

    • knights fan in minny

      you think calling m a racist bothers m you are wrong

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