The Philadelphia Flyers are officially back! While those of us in Europe and the UK slept, the Flyers played a hockey game, their season opener, in sin city (Las Vegas) against the Golden Knights. Personally, I was a bit nervous about this game, particularly because it was the Knights’ banner raising ceremony before the game for winning the Western Conference in the playoffs, and the Flyers have never been an excellent road team as of late. However, they continued to subvert my expectations, and came out 5-2 winners.
Just hours after the Vegas Golden Knights announced they’ve acquired Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty, they’ve now announced the 29-year-old winger to a four-year extension that kicks in at the end of the season.
His new deal sees him with the Golden Knights for the next five-years, earning his current $4.5 mil salary for the upcoming season, and $7 mil when his new deal kicks in next summer.
Late on Sunday night, the Montreal Canadiens finally answered one of the biggest “will they? Won’t they?” Questions if the off season, trading away Max Pacioretty to the Vegas Golden Knights.
Pacioretty joins up with the Western Conference Champions from the team he’s been with since making his NHL debut in 2008, after he was Canadiens selection with the 22nd overall pick in the 2007 draft.
Liam Kirk will be attending the Arizona Coyotes rookie training camp this month, also representing the Coyotes at a rookie tournament in Las Vegas.
Kirk, who was a seventh round pick of the Coyotes in this summers draft, will fly out to Las Vegas for a three-day tournament against the prospects of the Vegas Golden Knights, San Jose Sharks, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche.
Breaking news: Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt has been suspended for 20 games following a random drugs test. He tested positive for a banned substance known to enhance performance.
A little while ago I wrote an article about whether the Vegas Golden Knights needed to pursue John Tavares this summer, and now that situation is over after he signed a huge deal to go home to Toronto, is there a different big name Vegas need to go after?
Obviously Erik Karlsson is less than happy in Ottawa, I’m sure it’s a lovely city, I’ve never been but I’m sure it’s a nice city, just a toxic environment within the Senators organisation.
Now more than ever it looks like the Senators captain will be on his way out of the Canadian capital after reports the team are allowing interested teams to open contract talks with the 28-year-old.
The Calgary Flames have agreed a five-year, $28.75 mil deal with UFA James Neal, who spent last year as an alternate captain of the inaugural year Vegas Golden Knights.