Vegas Golden Knights: Gamble or Cash Out?
If you guessed the Vegas Golden Knights would have the best record in the West at this point in the season then you are probably lying! Even their management didn’t predict that the team they drafted would be where they are now. The question is now whether the Golden Knights will be buyers or sellers come deadline time. There are many assets on their team that would really help other, more established, franchises all while benefiting their team with potential future draft picks.
First things first, if James Neal was on any other team he would be moved for future considerations. He has 18 goals and 11 assists to his credit thus far and will be representing Vegas at the all-star game later this month. The 30-year old is coming into a contract year with his deal expiring after the 2017-18 season. This is the biggest question mark surrounding the Golden Knights’ intentions. If they sell Neal for future picks or prospects you lose any chance at making a cup run this year. If they extend him and go looking for another piece they’d have a pretty good shot at making it deep into June. Of course, Vegas would then be risking the future success of the franchise for the here and now. He is one of seven upcoming UFA’s on Vegas’s roster.
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Vegas will more than likely become the second expansion team ever to make it to the playoffs in their first season (the other being St. Louis in 1967-68). Perhaps that could be the reasoning for making a push for Detroit Red Wings’ defenceman Mike Green or even Buffalo Sabres’ forward Evander Kane. The Golden Knights have already made history with their 29-10-3 record. It is the best NHL expansion team’s record to this point in the season. Oh… and the aforementioned 68’ Blues, they went into the playoffs in third place and with a losing record. They’re in an interesting position where they can really do some damage, that is, if Marc-Andre Fleury can stay healthy.