According to general manager Kelly McCrimmon, Engelland turned down an opportunity to be moved to another team at the trade deadline, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports. Engelland could have gotten more playing time with the club that expressed interest in acquiring him at the deadline, but he decided to remain with the Golden Knights because he believed the team had a real chance of winning the Stanley Cup this year. He wasn't far off, as Vegas made it all the way to the Western Conference finals before being knocked out by the Stars. It remains to be seen if the Knights, or any NHL club for that matter, will express interest in signing the 38-year-old blueliner to a short-term deal this offseason.
Engelland has appeared in only one of a possible 17 games this calendar year. Vegas traded for veteran Alec Martinez and it had been getting rink run out of undrafted prospect Zach Whitecloud prior to the season's suspension, consequently leaving Engelland devoid of opportunities. The 37-year-old is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, though retirement is certainly possible for the alternate captain.
Engelland posted a career-high 52.8 Corsi For percentage through 47 games leading up to the All-Star break. This metric shows that the Golden Knights are controlling the puck more often than not with Engelland actively patrolling the blue line. He hasn't recorded a point in 14 straight games, but the Vegas native remains a respected locker-room leader for the young franchise.
Engelland registered an assist, two blocked shots and two PIM in Thursday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Canucks. Engelland has been relatively productive with a goal and three assists through 10 December games. The 37-year-old defenseman has six points, 86 hits, 58 blocked shots and 22 PIM through 33 contests this year.
Engelland scored a goal on four shots, dished two hits and went plus-3 in Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Blackhawks. Engelland was all over the scoresheet, and his tally ended up being the game-winner to boot. The 37-year-old defenseman has only four points this season, but he's added 72 hits, 51 blocked shots and 18 PIM with a plus-6 rating. He's not likely to interest fantasy owners outside the deepest of formats.
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