Player Ratings, Off-Season Updates, Trade Rumors and What’s New

Don’t worry, I made it.

For those of you who don’t know (or don’t care), I officially moved from Pennsylvania to Nevada as a fresh 22-year-old college graduate. I will continue my coverage of the Vegas Golden Knights with VHN and will also write for the Boulder City Review, a city I now call home.

Thank you all for your support over the past few months. I’m just getting started!

Anyway, onto some news and notes regarding the Golden Knights and the greater world of hockey. I was AFK for three days while commuting/moving to Nevada so we have a lot to catch up on.

Player ratings

First of all, the VHN gamer review series is over. I went in random order, but still made sure to note each player’s season. Here is our official tier list if you will.

A+ Chandler Stephenson
To Jonathan Marchessault, Shea Theodore, Alex Pietrangelo, Logan Thompson
B+ Zach Whitecloud, Nicolas Roy, Brayden McNabb, Ben Hutton, Michael Amadio
B- Jack Eichel, Reilly Smith, Brett Howden, William Carrier
C+ Keegan Kolesar, Nicolas Hague
C Jonas Rondbjerg
C- Laurent Brossoit, Mattias Janmark, Dylan Coghlan, Jake Leschyshyn
D Max Pacioretty, Mark Stone, Willliam Karlsson, Alec Martinez
D-Robin Lehner, Nolan Patrick

I’ll be honest, those ratings are a bit strict but I had to be brutally honest considering the Golden Knights failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.

Golden Knights Trade News and Rumors

Smith: It’s not official yet as the Golden Knights need to find a way around the salary cap, but all signs point to Reilly Smith taking a pay cut to stay with the Golden Knights for three more years at around 5 millions of dollars.

The Hague: With little or no cap space to work with the Golden Knights, we would have received calls on the restricted free agent defender Nicolas The Hague. With a core of Theodore, Pietrangelo, Martinez, McNabb and Whitecloud, the Golden Knights could potentially consider The Hague expendable.

Burke: From the goaltending department, the Golden Knights should add Sean Burk to their goalkeeping team as Director of Goalkeeping. A former NHL player, Burke played 18 seasons as an NHL goaltender and previously worked in management with the Montreal Canadiens.

Schedule: With the Stanley Cup awarded, here’s another update to the Vegas Golden Knight’s 2022 offseason schedule and beyond for them and the NHL.

Dallas: Peter DeBoer was “shaken” by the Golden Knight’s decision to fire him. Now he is the head coach of another Western Conference team, the Dallas Stars.

ICYMI: General manager Kelly McCrimmon took a small step in signing his RFA roster this summer by re-signing Daniil Miromanov for a two-year extension a week ago.

NHL News, Trade Rumors and National Hockey Now

Stanley Cup: The Colorado Avalanche are your 2022 Stanley Cup champions. Head to Colorado Hockey Now for all of the first championship coverage from Nathan Mackinnon, Cale Makar and Gabriel Landeskog. Terry Frei goes so far as to say that it is the best Avs team ever assembled.

Florida/Vancouver: Henrik and Daniel Sedin as good as Roberto Luongo are now in the Hockey Hall of Fame as they were among six inductees into the Class of 2022. Henrik Zetterberg was snubbed in his first year of eligibility.

Boston: The Boston Bruins signed general manager Don Sweeney to a multi-year extension.

Montreal: Could we see Marc Savard as a head coach in the NHL?

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