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Golden Knights' Derrick Pouliot: Inks minor-league deal
Pouliot signed a one-year, minor-league contract with AHL Henderson on Saturday.
The 27-year-old defenseman is a veteran of 202 NHL games, but he did not play at hockey's highest level in 2020-21. Pouliot recorded three goals and 11 assists with AHL Lehigh Valley last season, and he'll have to settle for a minor-league contract to begin 2021-22.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Alex Tuch: Out six months after surgery
Tuch is expected to miss six months after undergoing shoulder surgery.
Vegas has the wing depth to overcome Tuch's absence, but it will still be a painful one for the Golden Knights considering the 25-year-old Syracuse native has scored at least 15 goals in three of his four seasons with the team. Tuch was also viewed as a potential trade piece in Vegas' pursuit of a deal for disgruntled Sabres star Jack Eichel (neck), but he's unlikely to be part of any Eichel package at this point. If Tuch's able to return in six months, he would be available for the final three months of the regular season, which is scheduled to stretch through the end of April.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Gage Quinney: Staying in Vegas
Quinney signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Golden Knights on Wednesday.
The Las Vegas native had 17 points in 19 contests with AHL Henderson, but he didn't draw into an NHL contest. Quinney will continue to provide the Golden Knights with forward depth, but he shouldn't be expected to make their Opening Night roster.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Sven Baertschi: Inks two-way contract
Baertschi signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Golden Knights on Wednesday.
Baertschi spent all of 2020-21 with AHL Utica, posting 14 points in 24 contests for the Canucks' minor-league affiliate. The Swiss winger will try to compete for a bottom-six job with the Golden Knights in training camp, but he's not likely to make the big club's roster.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Patrick Brown: Inks two-year extension
Brown signed a two-year contract extension with the Golden Knights on Wednesday.
Brown appeared in just four games with Vegas last season, going scoreless over that span, but he was productive during his time in the minors, picking up eight points in nine appearances with AHL Henderson. The 29-year-old forward will likely have a similar role in 2021-22, so he won't be a viable fantasy option.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Mattias Janmark: Re-signs with Vegas
Janmark signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Golden Knights on Wednesday, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
Janmark appeared in 56 games split between the Blackhawks and Vegas last season, picking up 11 goals, 24 points and 95 shots on net over that span. The 28-year-old winger tallied five goals and eight helpers in 31 games after being traded to the Golden Knights at the deadline last season, and he can be expected to produce at a similar rate in 2021-22.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Laurent Brossoit: Headed to Vegas
Brossoit signed a two-year, $4.65 million contract with the Golden Knights on Wednesday.
Vegas was in need of a backup netminder after trading Marc-Andre Fleury to Chicago, so Brossoit will slot in as the team's No. 2 option behind Robin Lehner in 2021-22. Brossoit appeared in 14 games with Winnipeg last season, going 6-6-0 while posting a respectable 2.42 GAA and .918 save percentage, and he could perform even better behind the Golden Knights' defense.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Evgenii Dadonov: Acquired via trade
Dadonov was brought over in a trade by the Golden Knights from the Senators on Wednesday in a swap for Nick Holden and a 2022 third-round pick.
Dadonov's only season in Ottawa saw him fail to reach the 20-goal mark for the first time in his last four seasons, though the limited schedule was likely a factor. In the desert, the Russian may not be able to break into the top six given the club's depth on the wings but would then serve to anchor his own line. In addition, Dadonov should get plenty of looks with the man advantage, perhaps even the first unit.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Alec Martinez: Re-ups with club
Martinez (foot) agreed to terms on a three-year, $15.75 million deal with Vegas on Wednesday, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
Since joining Vegas at the 2019-20 trade deadline, Martinez has garnered 11 goals, 29 assists and 101 shots in 63 regular-season contests. The veteran blueliner should continue to see minutes with the man advantage, though Alex Pietrangelo figures to remain the primary quarterback for the No. 1 unit.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Mikael Hakkarainen: Dealt to Vegas
Hakkarainen was traded to Vegas from Chicago in exchange for Marc-Andre Fleury on Tuesday, source reports.
Hakkarainen was essentially just a throw-in to open up a contract spot for the Blackhawks in this deal. The 2018 fifth-round pick split time between the AHL and ECHL last season, a trend that will likely continue with the Golden Knights.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Daniil Chayka: Versatile Russian joins Vegas
Chayka was drafted 38th overall by the Golden Knights at the 2021 NHL Draft on Saturday.
A native of Moscow, Chayka recently spent two seasons playing with OHL Guelph. Chayka appeared to be a lock to be selected in Round 1 when the year began, but his return to Russia during the pandemic didn't go well. He had two points in 11 games for CSKA in the KHL and was extremely ineffective for his home country at the World Juniors. The KHL struggles are understandable for an 18-year-old in the second-best league in the world, but the World Junior effort is concerning. It's difficult to project where Chayka fits moving forward. He's got a ton of size (6-foot-3, 185 pounds), but he's not a shutdown defenseman. He has offensive talent, but isn't a true power-play quarterback. A best-case scenario is that this year's performance is just a blip on the radar and Chayka turns into a middle-pairing two-way guy who can contribute at both ends of the rink.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Zach Dean: Toolsy forward drafted 30th overall
Dean was drafted 30th overall by the Golden Knights at the 2021 NHL Draft on Friday.
Dean is fast and toolsy, and never stops. He likes to try to blow wide on defenders, but he doesn't shy away from cutting hard to the inside, too. Dean has plenty of NHL-quality skills, and projects as a middle-six scorer for Vegas.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Brett Howden: Traded to Vegas
Howden (foot) was traded by the Rangers to the Golden Knights in exchange for Nick DeSimone and a 2022 fourth-round pick Saturday.
Howden drew into 42 games with New York in 2020-21, picking up seven points over that span. The 23-year-old forward will likely slot into a bottom-six role with Vegas next season.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Nolan Patrick: Dealt to Vegas
Patrick and Philippe Myers were traded by the Flyers to Nashville in exchange for Ryan Ellis on Saturday. Patrick was subsequently traded to the Golden Knights in exchange for Cody Glass, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Patrick missed the entirety of the 2019-20 campaign due to health issues, but he's still logged three full seasons with Philadelphia since being selected second overall in the 2017 draft, totaling 30 goals and 70 points in 197 appearances over that span. The 22-year-old pivot will likely start off in Vegas' bottom six, but he could ascend to the team's top six if he performs well early on.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Marc-Andre Fleury: Takes home Vezina Trophy
Fleury was named the Vezina Trophy winner this year as the NHL's top goalie.
While it was a shortened season, Fleury had his best statistical season. He posted a 1.98 GAA and a .928 save percentage in 36 appearances. The Quebec native also notched six shutouts and a 26-10-0 record as the Golden Knights' No. 1 goalie. Fleury also shared the Jennings Trophy, awarded to the goaltender(s) who give up the fewest team goals, with teammate Robin Lehner. This was Fleury's first Vezina win.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Alec Martinez: Played with broken foot
Martinez played through a broken foot during the playoffs, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
Martinez's injury didn't impact his willingness to sacrifice his body, as the 33-year-old blueliner racked up a whopping 72 blocked shots through 19 games during postseason play. Martinez is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but it seems as though he and the Golden Knights have mutual interest in coming to terms on a new deal. The 33-year-old blueliner finished the 2020-21 campaign with nine goals, 32 points and 168 blocked shots through 53 contests.... See More ... See Less
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