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Sports Trade-deadline primer: Vegas Golden Knights

07:25  10 april  2021
07:25  10 april  2021 Source:   prohockeyrumors.com

Nosek's go-ahead goal lifts Vegas past Kings, 4-1

  Nosek's go-ahead goal lifts Vegas past Kings, 4-1 LAS VEGAS — Tomas Nosek scored in the second period and the Golden Knights beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 on Monday night. Alec Martinez, Reilly Smith and Nicolas Hague also scored for Vegas, which has won 14 of 18 and improved to 14-2-1 at home. Jonathan Marchessault had two assists. Robin Lehner stopped 24 shots. The Golden Knights have posted a home win streak of six or more games for the fourth consecutive season. “Could you imagine what our record would be if we had a full house?” asked Vegas coach Peter DeBoer after the game. Local officials increased the temporary capacity in time for 3,950 to attend the game.

We are now just days away from the NHL Trade Deadline, and a few moves have already been made with more to come. Where does each team stand, and what moves should each be looking to make? We continue our look around the league with the Vegas Golden Knights.

a man wearing a helmet posing for the camera: Tomas Nosek is a player whose role can be filled by a lower-price player if the Golden Knights need to add some space. © Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports Tomas Nosek is a player whose role can be filled by a lower-price player if the Golden Knights need to add some space.

Vegas was expected to be a contender this season, and despite some key players missing time due to injury and salary-cap constraints forcing them to play below the minimum number of skaters on multiple occasions, they’ve done just that. They will also be tap-dancing around the salary cap for the rest of the season, so while GM Kelly McCrimmon would certainly like to try to add to his roster, the Golden Knights will be hard-pressed to try to do so. Nevertheless, here is a closer look at their situation.

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Record

25-11-2, 2nd in West Division

Deadline status

Buyer (if they can create the cap space to do so)

Deadline cap space

$160,000 in regular cap space, $184,000 on deadline day, 1/3 retention slots used, 47/50 contracts used per CapFriendly.

Upcoming draft picks

2021: VGK 1st, NJ 2nd, VGK 2nd, WPG 4th, CAR 5th, VGK 6th, VGK 7th

2022: VGK 1st, VGK 2nd, VAN 3rd, VGK 3rd, WPG 4th, BUF 5th, VGK 5th, VGK 6th, VGK 7th

Trade chips

McCrimmon likely doesn’t want to deal away from the core of his roster, but Tomas Nosek is a player whose role can be filled by a lower-price player if the Golden Knights need to add some space. His $1.25 million price tag is hardly overly expensive for his role as their fourth-line pivot, but filling his spot with someone making the league minimum could then free up enough room to bring in another league-minimum veteran. That’s hardly exciting, but for a team whose depth is being tested, there is some value in simply having an extra option available. There’s also definitely some risk to moving a veteran center from a team that doesn’t have a ton of depth down the middle already, but if the Golden Knights want to open up a little bit of wiggle room, that’s certainly a route they can go.

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Defenseman Nick Holden cleared waivers last week in a move that was designed to give Vegas a bit of short-term cap flexibility by moving him on and off the roster. He’s also someone who could be replaced by a cheaper player or could serve as a salary offset in a move to bring in another defenseman, one who could be counted on to play more than the 15:47 per night that he has logged so far this season. Holden has another left on his deal after this one with a $1.7 million price tag.

In terms of some minor leaguers who may draw interest, Jimmy Schuldt is a name with whom some may be familiar. It was just two years ago that the defenseman was viewed as the top college free agent available, drawing plenty of suitors. While the 25-year-old made his NHL debut that season, he hasn’t seen any action at the top level since then and is heading for unrestricted free agency again this summer. If a team wants to get a closer look at him before then, he could draw some interest. Jack Dugan, the top scorer in college hockey last season, is having a nice first season with AHL Henderson and will be someone selling teams will ask about. It’s unlikely that McCrimmon will want to move him, but if there is a low-cost player who can make an impact beyond this season on the table, the asking price will be high, and the 23-year-old will be coveted.

Veteran forwards Kyle Turris, Paul Byron put on waivers

  Veteran forwards Kyle Turris, Paul Byron put on waivers Once reliable scoring options, Byron and Turris have seen their stocks fall dramatically the past few seasons.For Bishop and the Senators, this is a simple move to regain the roster flexibility they have had for most of the season. After clearing waivers before the season began, Bishop was able to move freely between the active roster and taxi squad depending on need, saving the Senators some cash on off days. His exempt status expired earlier this month, meaning he needed to clear again to be assigned to the taxi squad. With just three points in 12 games, Bishop is likely to clear again.

Others to Watch For: F Mason Primeau (unsigned, draft rights expire June 1), F Dylan Sikura ($750,000, UFA)

Team needs

1) Depth Defenseman – Which contending team isn’t looking for extra depth on the back end.  The Golden Knights' cap situation has forced them to go with five at times this season and they’re going to be dancing around the Upper Limit the rest of the way as well. A league-minimum option – preferably one who can play the right side – would be a useful acquisition.

2) Depth Center – Basically, it’s the same idea as above. The departure of Paul Stastny has left the Golden Knights thin down the middle, and center depth is something that all contending squads covet. Again, having someone at the league-minimum salary of $700,000 (or less, if the trading team retains money) would be a wise pickup for McCrimmon.

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