How Golden Knights’ smart roster management put them in position to get Max Pacioretty
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The former isyet to be determined, but they seem to have found some solutions for the latter.
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Not only is Pacioretty one of the best goal scoring wingers in the league and a player whoshould be primed for a bounceback year after scoring just 17 goals in 64 games a year ago but they were canada goose outlet vancouver able to sign him to a fairly reasonable contract extension that doesn’t extend too deep into his30s. Fleury and Pacioretty are the only two in that group that are currently over the age of 27.
By having no player on the team making more than $7 million in any season, McPheestill has a ton of salary cap flexibility at hisdisposal. For this upcoming season alone, Vegas has $9 million in cap space, even before the eventual placement of David Clarkson on the long term injured list.
canada goose store But let’s talk about what they gave up for Pacioretty, because it’s a fascinating look at the team’s roster management during its first two years in the league. canada goose store
In exchange for Pacioretty, the Golden Knights sent veteran forward Tomas Tatar, prospect Nick Suzukiand a 2019 second round draft pick to the Canadiens. A few things stand out about each asset.
First, canada goose outlet in chicago Tatar played in just 28 canada goose outlet us games for the Golden Knights last season after being acquired at the trade deadline canada goose outlet orlando for a 2018 first round pick, 2020 second round pickand 2021 third round pick. It was seen as a steep price at the time, but Tatar has been a fairly consistent 20 goal scorer throughout his career and was signed to a long term contract.
Given that Vegas was likely going to lose Perron and Neal over the summer as free agents (which they did), they were going to need somebody else to step into those roles. Tatar seemed to be a reasonable solution.
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„The deal we did last March was market driven. That was the price,” McPhee said in a conference call discussing the Pacioretty trade. „We did it to help our hockey club. We can’t allow what we did months ago to affect a good decision today.”
But there is more to the origin of this trade package than just Tomas Tatar.
canada goose coats The only reason Vegas had Suzuki and the 2019 second round pick in their possession was due to one of the many expansion draft deals that Vegas made more than a year ago. Vegas selected Suzuki with the 13th overall pick in the 2017 draft, one of three first round picks they were able to make. They got that pick cheap canada goose (originally the 24th overall pick in the draft, as well as the second rounder going to Montreal) as a result of a trade with theBlue Jackets. canada goose coats
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The conditions of the trade were that Vegas would get the two draft picks and Clarkson’s contract if the Golden Knights agreed to select Karlsson in the expansion draft instead of Josh Anderson or backup goalie Joonas Korpisalo. Vegas then took that No. 24 overall pick and traded it to Winnipeg for the No. 13 pick as well as a 2019 third round pick (which Vegas still has) if Vegas promised to take Chris Thorburn in the expansion draft.
Canada Goose Online Pretty much every asset they moved to acquire Pacioretty was the result of savvy roster management around the expansion draft, as the rest of the league absolutely freaked out about losing one player out of its organization. Canada Goose Online
What is perhaps most amazing about Vegas’ situation is that even after giving up all of those assets to acquire Pacioretty, they are still sitting in a pretty good position both currently and in the future.
cheap canada goose uk Even with Suzuki gone, they still have two of the top 15 picks from the 2017 draft in the organization (No. 6 overall pick Cody Glass and No. 15 overall pick Erik Brannstrom the result of an expansion draft draft with theIslanders) and 18 future draft picks over the next two years, including nine in the https://www.canada-goose-outlet.biz first three rounds (their own first round pick in 2019 and 2020, three second round picks in 2020 and three third round picks in 2019). cheap canada goose uk
buy canada goose jacket Not everything is going to break Vegas’ way in 2018 19 the way it did canada goose outlet las vegas a year ago. Karlsson will probably not score 43 goals again. Fleury probably will not have a.927 save percentage again. Maybe Erik Haula is not a 30 goal scorer. But they made a couple of big moves in signing Stastny and acquiringPacioretty that should help balance some of that out. They also have the salary cap flexibility and future assets to do something else major to add help where they still might need it. buy canada goose jacket
Will the Golden Knights be a 109 point team that reaches the Stanley Cup Final again? Maybe not. But they still put themselves in a position to potentially be really, really good.