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Nov 23, 2016

The Knight Watch

Vegas Golden Knights

The Vegas Golden Knights take shape this summer and begin play in October. Check out all the news, updates and analysis from TSN Hockey as the NHL welcomes its 31st franchise. 

 

Reid Duke
First Knight

The Golden Knights have their first player signing

Mar. 6, 2017 - The first player in the Vegas Golden Knights organization is forward Reid Duke. The Golden Knights made their first ever transaction, signing the free agent, currently playing for the Brandon Wheat Kings, to a three-year entry level contract.
George McPhee
Watch for the new guys

Golden Knights could be involved in some deadline deals

Feb. 1, 2017 - George McPhee will be permitted to execute trades and transactions ahead of the March 1 trade deadline, so long as owner Bill Foley satisfies the requirements to officially make Las Vegas as home of the NHL’s 31st franchise in the days prior. 
Vegas Golden Knights
Not so fast

Vegas Golden Knights trademark denied by U.S. government

Dec. 7, 2016: Two weeks after revealing their name and logo with a party marred by a technical malfunction, the Vegas Golden Knights hit another roadblock. A trademark request filed by the NHL on behalf of the Golden Knights was initially denied by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Jack Han
'Tian Ji’s Horse Race'

Han intrigued by choice facing Golden Knights

Dec. 5, 2016: The NHL’s newest expansion franchise facing an age-old hockey question: How does a lesser team triumph over a better team?
George McPhee and Bill Foley
What's In A Name?

NHL confident contested Golden Knights name will stick

Nov. 29, 2016: The U.S. Army is ‘reviewing’ options to potentially contest newest NHL franchise’s nickname.
Zach Fucale
Off-season Exemptions

NHL on Expansion Draft: 'Exempt' players are exempt

Nov. 25, 2016: Multiple teams inquired with the league about the potential of voluntarily exposing exempt first and second year professional players as a means of perhaps protecting another player who might otherwise have to be exposed.
Vegas Golden Knights
A Cup winner in six years?

Vegas team isn't getting a lot for $500M

Nov. 23, 2016 - Vegas is highly unlikely to ice a competitive team in the 2017-18 season, no matter what the NHL has said about this being the deepest expansion draft in league history.
Vegas Golden Knights unveiling
Golden Moment

Vegas Golden Knights introduced as NHL's 31st franchise

Nov. 22, 2016 - These Knights will be Golden. Owner Bill Foley dubbed the NHL’s 31st franchise the Golden Knights, finally giving the first professional sports team to call Las Vegas home a name and identity.
Button's Vegas expansion
Here's Our Vegas Team

TSN Hockey's early expansion team lineup

Nov. 22, 2016 - TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button puts on the GM cap and selects the players early for the NHL's 31st franchise.
Marc-Andre Fleury
The Cream Of The Crop

Ranking TSN Hockey's Top 10 'available' players

Nov. 21, 2016 - The task is tall for George McPhee in finding 30 players from around the NHL who fit into the expansion plans of the new Las Vegas franchise. Frank Seravalli unveils the Top 10 players projected to be available to McPhee, according to TSN Hockey.
Alexei Emelin and Tomas Plekanec
Protect and Expose

Which players would you hold on to and let go?

Nov. 21, 2016 - TSN Hockey's Frank Seravalli, Craig Button and Pierre LeBrun provide an early projection at what could play out next June for Canadian NHL teams.
Joe Thornton
The Gamble Next June

Concerns about NHL expansion draft emerge

Nov. 16, 2016 - As TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun writes, pending free agents remain the biggest concern when it comes to expansion after the league's GMs meetings.
Kevin Shattenkirk
A Step Ahead

Vegas team to get head start on free agency

Oct. 27, 2016 - TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun explains some of the rules ahead of the Leas Vegas team's entry into player acquisition next June.
George McPhee
Front Office In Place

General Fanager creator joins Vegas staff

Oct. 18, 2016 - Tom Poraszka, who ran the popular online salary cap database, will serve as hockey operations analyst and joins a stacked front office that includes Murray Craven and Kelly McCrimmon.
George McPhee named Las Vegas GM
The First Hire's A Familiar One

McPhee named GM of Las Vegas NHL team

July 13, 2016 - George McPhee was hired as general manager of the NHL's expansion Las Vegas franchise and will be in charge of building the team from scratch to begin play in the 2017-18 NHL season.
T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas
Vegas, Baby!

NHL announces it will add its 31st team in 2017-18

June 22, 2016 - The National Hockey League is expanding to Sin City. Commissioner Gary Bettman made it official, announcing that the NHL's 31st franchise has been awarded to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season.
T-Mobile Arena
All Planned Out

Las Vegas owner Foley chimes in on NHL expansion

Apr. 9, 2016 - If the NHL were to award a 31st franchise in Las Vegas, potential owner Bill Foley said he has a “good idea” who his first GM will be and he has a logo ready to go, writes TSN Senior Hockey Reporter Frank Seravalli.

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