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The offseason is now upon us with the Stanley Cup being awarded earlier this week. Having covered the teams that weren’t a part of the NHL’s return and the ones ousted in the Qualifying Round and the first two official rounds, we shift our focus to the ones that were eliminated in the Conference Finals. Next up is a look at Vegas. © Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports While Zach Whitecloud held his own in the playoffs, he’s still relatively inexperienced.
This past season was an interesting one for the Golden Knights. They surprisingly fired Gerard Gallant midseason and brought in Peter DeBoer (who coached the Sharks to a first-round upset over Vegas the year before) as his replacement. They were quite sharp in the early going in the playoffs despite a rather public goaltending controversy before they were ousted by Dallas in the Western Conference Final. On the surface, it would seem like GM Kelly McCrimmon has only some tinkering to do, but if the Golden Knights want to make a splash, they’ll have some work to do to make that happen.
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It’s a familiar refrain for many teams this offseason, but with Vegas being a speculative option for pending top free agent Alex Pietrangelo, the Golden Knights would need to free up some cap space first. If they want to keep Robin Lehner, that will also require some financial flexibility. Even if they simply want to retain their pending free agents, you guessed it, they’ll need to free up some money.
As things stand, Vegas has a little more than $76.5 million in commitments for next season to 18 players, per CapFriendly. Considering the Golden Knights will need most of that remaining room simply to fill out the rest of their forwards and back end, that means that any significant acquisition (or re-signing) is going to require a notable player heading out the door.
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The Vegas Golden Knights can advance to the Western Conference Final for the second time in their first three seasons if they defeat the Vancouver Canucks in Game 6 of the Western Conference Second Round at Rogers Place in Edmonton on Thursday.
With Cody Glass likely to push for a bigger role next season and a weak free-agent class down the middle, the time may be right to explore a Paul Stastny trade. The veteran has a $6.5 million salary for one more year and only a 10-team no-trade list, which could make him appealing to some teams looking for more of an impact player. Winger Alex Tuch is coming off of a down season that has him in early speculation as well although he’s still just 24 and has six years left on his deal with a $4.75 million average annual price tag. The late-season addition of Alec Martinez could give the Golden Knights some flexibility to deal from their back end as well.
On the one hand, it’s hard to believe that a team that’s three years old is facing salary-cap difficulty already. But when you look at the talent on their roster, it’s not so surprising. If they want to add another impact player, however, they’ll also have to subtract from their core to make it happen.
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When Lehner was brought in at the trade deadline, the original thought was that he’d allow the Golden Knights to give Marc-Andre Fleury a bit of rest down the stretch and give them starter-caliber goaltending in the stretch run. That’s not exactly how things played out. After the post-stoppage training camp, Lehner emerged as the front-runner for the starting job and that’s how it played out as he made 16 of their 20 playoff starts, leading Fleury’s agent Allan Walsh to post a since-deleted tweet depicting a sword bearing DeBoer’s name stabbing Fleury in the back.
Gallery: The best NHL player at every age (Pro Hockey Rumors)
The best NHL player at every age
From the very youngest players in the NHL to the most experienced veterans we take a look at the best players in the league at every age. Players are grouped based on their age as of October 1, 2020. From Jack Hughes to Zdeno Chara and every age in between.
Age 19: Jack Hughes, New Jersey Devils
His rookie season may not have been as dominant as the Devils were hoping for, but not every young player is going to enter the league and be a superstar from the very beginning. There is a learning curve here, especially for players this young. He still showed improvement as the year went on and along with Nico Hischier is going to be the focal point of the Devils' organization going forward.
Age 20: Quinn Hughes, Vancouver Canucks
On a team that already boasts Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser up front as building blocks, Hughes might end up being the best and most significant player of the bunch. Why? The position he plays and the impact he makes while doing so. He stepped right into the Canucks' lineup this season and immediately became their most effective defender, driving possession and making a huge impact offensively. Having a game-changing defenseman like that is a must for every Stanley Cup contending team, and the Canucks look like they have a great one emerging. Hughes, Dallas' Miro Heiskanen, and Colorado's Cale Makar are the next wave of defense superstars in the league and going to be contending for the Norris Trophy for years.
Age 21: Miro Heiskanen, Dallas Stars
During his rookie season Stars goalie Ben Bishop proclaimed that Heiskanen already looked like a hall of fame talent and was already one of the best defensemen that he had been teammates with. Considering some of the defensemen that Bishop has called teammates over the years (Erik Karlsson, Victor Hedman, John Klingberg) that is extremely high praise. It is all warranted. All Heiskanen has done in year two is get even better. When the Stars reportedly tried to trade for Karlsson last year it was rumored that they made Heiskanen an untouchable in those trade talks. It was a smart move, because he is their franchise player going forward.
Age 23: Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
Forget age 23, McDavid is probably the best player in the world. At any age. A breathtaking skater, sublime passer, and just downright dominant offensive force. He is going to be a lock to finish somewhere in the top-three of the scoring race every season as long as he stays healthy and plays enough games. The hype surrounding him when he entered the league was massive. He is met it as a player. Maybe even exceeded it.
Age 24: Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers
He proved this season that he does not need McDavid as his center to put up huge numbers. He ran away with the scoring title this season not only by centering his own line at times, but by also helping to carry the Oilers when McDavid was out of the lineup due to injury. He topped his assist and total point numbers from last year despite playing in 11 fewer games, and had the regular season been a full 82-game season he was on pace for a second straight 50-goal, 100-point season. He and McDavid give the Oilers to MVP level talents at forward.
Age 25: Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
I am not prepared to say that MacKinnon is on the McDavid-Sidney Crosby level of superstars, but he is on the tier immediately below them. He is, at this point, the third-best player in hockey. It took him a few years to develop into a truly dominant player, but now that he has he is a force to be reckoned with on every single shift. Along with Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen he helps make up one of the league's most dominant lines.
Age 26: Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning have superstars at every level of their team, with a couple of first-line forwards and a Norris Trophy defenseman (Victor Hedman). As if that is not enough, they add to their embarrassment of riches with a Vezina Trophy caliber goalie. Vasilevskiy has become a mainstay in that yearly award race having been a finalist three years in a row.
Age 27: Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning
Kucherov is one of the league's most productive forwards, and along with Brayden Point and Steven Stamkos (when he is healthy) gives the Lightning a dominant trio of forwards. He has scored at a 100-point pace (per 82 games) three years in a row and has not finished a season with less than 85 points in over four years.
Age 29: Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning
With all apologies and all due respect to Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point, Steven Stamkos, and Andrei Vasilevskiy, this is the best and most important player on the Lightning roster. When you think of elite, Norris Trophy level, No. 1 defenseman this is the player you should be thinking about. He is a shutdown defender, he has great size, he is a smooth skater, he is a force offensively, and he literally controls every aspect of the game when he is on the ice. He is as good as it gets in the NHL on defense.
Age 30: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
Stamkos is one of the great "what ifs" in the NHL right now, because it is worth wondering what his career totals would look like with better health luck. Significant injuries (as well as a half season lockout) have robbed him of significant chunks of his prime years in the league, and maybe even a potential championship (though the Lightning still have a chance at one this season). Had he not missed so many games throughout his career he would almost certainly already be well over the 500-goal mark for his career, and maybe even closing in on 600 very shortly. The second-best goal scorer of this era after Alex Ovechkin.
Age 31: Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
The talent around him has regressed significantly in recent years, but Kane is still one of the league's best and most elite offensive players. He has scored at a 90-point pace in four of the past five seasons and still drives the Blackhawks' offense. He is the reason they have remained even remotely competitive in recent years.
Age 32: Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins
All of the sideshow antics that he brings to the table take away from the fact that he is an outstanding hockey player that all 31 general managers would crawl over broken glass to have on their team. You know at this point he is going to score at a 35-goal, 90-point pace (at a minimum) and even exceed it in some seasons. Add in his defensive play and ability to play all phases of the game (power play, penalty kill, protect leads) and you have a force of a two-way player on your hands.
Age 33: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
It is crazy to think that Crosby is already 33 years old, but here we are. Even so, there is not much slowing down going on here. Maybe he is not the 115-120 point player he was earlier in his career offensively, but he remains one of the most productive offensive players in the league and is still one of the most dominant all-around players going. He is not only a Hall of Famer, he is one of the NHL's legends.
Age 35: Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
The greatest goal scorer in the history of the NHL. That is true today, and it will be true in the future even if he never actually breaks Wayne Gretzky's record (though I am not betting against that happening). Even as he sets to begin his age 35 season during the 2020-21 campaign he remains the NHL's goal-scoring king and is still a yearly threat for 50 goals and the clear-cut favorite to win the Rocket Richard award (league's leading goal scorer). He still has it.
Age 36: Mark Giordano, Calgary Flames
One of the NHL's all-time great undrafted success stories. Giordano worked his way up from the bottom to become one of the league's best all-around defenseman, even winning the Norris Trophy during the 2018-19 season. His career really started to take off around the 2013-14 season, and he has only managed to get better every year since then.
Age 37: Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks
Keith was not only one of the best defensemen of his era, but he has put together a Hall of Fame resume when you add up all of the personal hardware he has collected throughout his career. Three Stanley Cups, two Norris Trophies, a Conn Smythe Trophy. He has done it all for the Blackhawks and been one of the all-time greats in franchise history.
Age 38: Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
The best goalie of his era and a Rangers legend. The only downside to his career with the Rangers is that he never got that Stanley Cup with the team, and it is looking unlikely that he will unless something drastic changes in the team's plans this offseason. Whether he is in New York or another city next season, he still has some productive hockey to offer somebody.
Age 39: Craig Anderson, Ottawa Senators
He never received enough credit for how good he was during his career, mostly because he played on some truly bad hockey teams over the years. But he has carved out a tremendous career for himself that has spanned 17 seasons. During that time he was one of the most efficient goalies in the league and at his peak was consistently one of the league's save percentage leaders.
Age: 40: Ryan Miller, Anaheim Ducks
He may not be a goalie you count on to carry your team as a starter anymore, but he is still an excellent backup or platoon option. Even at age 40 he can give you league average (and maybe even above league average) play. Unfortunately for him and John Gibson (the Ducks' other goalie) they are stuck on a rebuilding Ducks team that is years away from Stanley Cup contention.
Age 41: Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks
Thornton is one of the best playmakers and pure passers to ever play in the NHL. His resume is one of a Hall of Famer. Even though he is no longer a top-line center and 90-assist man, he remains a strong two-way presence that can impact a game defensively and still make some plays with the puck. Will he stay in San Jose? Or will he move on to a contender in a quest to finally get his Stanley Cup?
Age 43: Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins
The oldest player in the NHL at the moment. Chara's offensive game has rapidly declined, and he may not be the Bruins' No. 1 defender anymore (Charlie McAvoy takes that role), but he can still play at a relatively high level. Throughout his career he was one of the most dominant all-around defenders to play in the NHL.
Not surprisingly, that has led to plenty of speculation about Fleury’s willingness to stick around for next season although he has indicated that his preference is to stay. Meanwhile, there was speculation last month that Lehner and Vegas were nearing a long-term contract extension although that hasn’t yet materialized.
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Notwithstanding the controversy in the early going in the playoffs, it’s difficult to envision Vegas keeping both around. Both want to be starters and, again, Vegas would need to clear out a fair bit of salary to make it happen.
From a win-now perspective, keeping Lehner would seemingly be the way to go. At 29, he’s still in the prime of his career while Fleury turns 36 next month. He’s still a quality goaltender, but his days of being a 60-game starter are likely over. However, trading him would carry some challenges as he still has two years left on a contract that carries a $7.5 million average annual value. The Golden Knights can retain up to 50% of that in a trade, but is that something they’re going to want to do? A buyout would give them some short-term flexibility but would also add more than $2 million onto the cap for two years after the deal is set to expire. Meanwhile, Lehner isn’t interested in another short-term contract, so taking a short-term pact with an agreement to do something more lucrative when Fleury’s deal is up isn’t in the cards.
The Golden Knights would like to keep both, but doing so may be too pricey. In that case, McCrimmon has a week to decide which one he’d like to keep with Lehner set to be one of the top goalies available on the open market.
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With Deryk Engelland playing a minimal role down the stretch and not at all in the playoffs, it seems as if he may be on his way out as a free agent. Jon Merrill is also set to hit unrestricted free agency as well. While Zach Whitecloud held his own in the playoffs, he’s still relatively inexperienced, and although the Golden Knights have some youngsters with some promise including Nic Hague, more development time would certainly be beneficial.
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With that in mind, looking to add a depth free agent or two is something McCrimmon may be looking to do independent of any of his other potentially bigger plans. Finding someone who can serve in a sixth or seventh role would be ideal, but the Golden Knights will need to find someone who is willing to play for close to the league minimum to give them as much flexibility to re-sign their pending restricted free agents (headlined by Chandler Stephenson who had 22 points in 41 games after being acquired by Washington). On top of that, a veteran who could start in the minors but be recalled in case injuries arise might also be needed with Jaycob Megna set to hit the open market as well.
It’s not a particularly exciting type of player to target, but it certainly appears that the Golden Knights' in-season flexibility is going to be limited. If they can get a veteran or two on the cheap now, that might be enough to keep them from needing to add more blueline help when the 2021 trade deadline rolls around.
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Every NHL team's likely next retired number
There are fewer honors greater for professional sports players than a team retiring their numbers, guaranteeing that no one else will ever wear it again. Just about every team in the league has at least a handful of retired or honored numbers, and now we are going to take a look at the next player for each NHL team who should have his jersey placed in the rafters. We are excluding players whose number retirements are scheduled for this season or next season and looking only at players who have not yet been announced.
Anaheim Ducks: Ryan Getzlaf (15)
When Getzlaf retires he is going to finish his career as the Ducks' all-time leader in games played, assists and total points while also being a Stanley Cup champion and longtime captain of the team. His peak may not have been as good as that of players like Paul Kariya or Teemu Selanne, but his overall resume is as complete as any other player the franchise has ever seen.
Arizona Coyotes: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (23)
Playing in Arizona and on a team that has not made the playoffs often, it can be easy to overlook Ekman-Larsson. But he is an outstanding top-pairing defenseman and has been the Coyotes' best all-around player from almost the day he arrived. He is a constant threat to score 20 goals as a defenseman and is one of the most best offensive blue-liners in the entire league. At this point it still seems like a stretch to think he will one day have his number retired, but he might be the next logical choice in the future.
Boston Bruins: Patrice Bergeron (37)
Bergeron is one of the best all-around players of his era and an all-time great Bruin. In his 16 years (and counting) with the team, he helped the Bruins win a Stanley Cup, play in two other Stanley Cup Finals, won four Selke Trophies as the league's best defensive forward and was the driving force behind one of the best defensive teams in the entire league. He's a Hall of Famer and worthy of joining all of the Bruins' all-time greats.
Calgary Flames: Theo Fleury (14)
No player has worn the No. 14 since Fleury last sported it during the 1999 season. So it is kind of a mystery as to why it has not actually been put in the rafters next to Mike Vernon's and Lanny McDonald's. Fleury helped the Flames win the Stanley Cup as a rookie during the 1988-89 season and then went on to be one of the most prolific scorers in franchise history.
Carolina Hurricanes: Eric Staal (12)
It is easy to forget just how good Staal was in the early part of his career with the Hurricanes. He scored 40 goals two different times, was a dominant two-way player and helped bring the Stanley Cup to Raleigh during the 2005-06 season. He is the best player the franchise has had since it relocated to North Carolina and was the best player on the franchise's only championship team.
Chicago Blackhawks: Steve Larmer (28)
There are a lot of Blackhawks fans who think this should have already happened. He may not have the Stanley Cup clout that the current core of Blackhawks has (Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith), but those players are all still active and years away from being in a position to have their numbers retired. Larmer is also one of the best players in franchise history and helped turn the team into a Stanley Cup contender in the early 1990s, including the 1991-92 season when it actually reached the Stanley Cup Final.
Colorado Avalanche: Nathan MacKinnon (29)
Going far into the future here, but MacKinnon is probably going to be the next player to get this honor. The Avalanche have already retired most of the notable numbers from their championship era, and of the remaining core players from those teams (Chris Drury, Alex Tanguay) they probably did not play long enough in Colorado to warrant such an honor. MacKinnon, though, appears he is going to be with the Avalanche for the long haul and end up being one of the best players of his era. The Avalanche have a chance to bring the Stanley Cup back to Denver in the very near future, and if MacKinnon helps deliver that he will be an Avalanche legend.
Columbus Blue Jackets: Rick Nash (61)
Nash does not get anywhere near enough credit for how good of a player he was. A former No. 1 overall pick, Nash became the Blue Jackets' first star player and finished as the league's leading goal-scorer in just his second season in the NHL. He was a yearly threat to score 40 goals and was an outstanding two-way player who also developed into one of the league's best penalty killers. The Blue Jackets were never really able to build anything significant around him, but it does not take away from the fact he is the best player the team has ever had.
Detroit Red Wings: Henrik Zetterberg (40)
You could make the argument that Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk should probably both get their numbers retired together given their importance between the 2006 and 2015 seasons. They were the backbone of one of the league's best teams and among the best two-way players in the league during that time. I will give Zetterberg the edge as the player who followed Nicklas Lidstrom as team captain and for his 2008 Conn Smythe winning performance.
Edmonton Oilers: Connor McDavid (97)
McDavid is going to be the NHL's best and most dominant player for the next decade and beyond. If the Oilers do not screw it up, he should help bring the Stanley Cup back to Edmonton at some point too. He will be with Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Paul Coffey among the franchise's all-time greats.
Florida Panthers: Pavel Bure (10)
This might be a stretch because Bure spent only parts of four seasons in Florida, while several players have worn the number since he played there (including currently Brett Connolly). But there is no denying the impact Bure made. He was probably the most high-profile superstar to play for the Panthers and was the most dominant goal-scorer in the league during his time there. He finished as the league's leading goal scorer twice and averaged 0.70 goals per game with the Panthers (a 57-goal pace over 82 games). He did that during the lowest goal-scoring era in NHL history. Just for perspective, the next highest goal per game average in the NHL during that stretch was Jaromir Jagr at 0.57 goals per game (a 46-goal pace per 82 games).
Los Angeles Kings: Anze Kopitar (11)
Kopitar helped bring the Stanley Cup to Los Angeles during the 2011-12 season and then did it again two years later. While Jonathan Quick, Justin Williams and Drew Doughty got most of the accolades for those championship runs, Kopitar was the best player on all of those teams and has been the best player on the team since making his debut. He is one of the franchise icons for what he helped bring to Los Angeles.
Minnesota Wild: Mikko Koivu (9)
Technically the only retired number for the Wild is No. 1 — for their fans. When it comes to finally retiring a number for a player, Koivu seems like he will be at the top of the list. He has spent more than 15 seasons in Minnesota and been a truly fantastic player. He is the franchise leader in games played, assists and total points and has been a complete all-around player every year as well as the team captain for 12 seasons and counting.
Nashville Predators: David Legwand (11)
The Predators have yet to retire a number, but if anyone is deserving of such an honor at this point it might be Legwand, the original Predator. He was their first draft pick and is still the franchise's all-time leader in every major category including games played, goals, assists and total points (all by a significant margin). He was never a superstar, but he was an outstanding player who helped build the Predators into a formidable NHL franchise. That counts for something.
New Jersey Devils: Scott Gomez (23)
Gomez does not get enough credit for how good he was in the early part of his career. Between 1999 and 2007, he was an elite playmaker and one of the best forwards on a multiple Stanley Cup winner in New Jersey. Scott Stevens, Scott Niedermayer, Martin Brodeur and Patrik Elias are the other key players from that era to have their numbers retired by the Devils, and Gomez was right there with them in terms of importance.
New York Islanders: Pat LaFontaine (16)
LaFontaine just missed the Islanders dynasty, making his debut with the team during the 1983-84 season (they lost to the Edmonton Oilers in the Stanley Cup Final that year), but he is still one of the greatest players in franchise history and one of the best American-born players of all-time.
New York Rangers: Henrik Lundqvist (30)
Lundqvist's short-term future with the Rangers remains in doubt beyond this season, but here is what is not in doubt: He is the best goalie the team has ever seen and has been the best goalie of his era. The only disappointing part of his tenure with the Rangers is that he did not win a Stanley Cup with the team. He did lead the Rangers to one Stanley Cup Final during the 2013-14 season and helped carry the team to contention almost every year he was their starting goalie.
Ottawa Senators: Erik Karlsson (65)
A true superstar during his time with the Senators, Karlsson won two Norris Trophies, was a runner-up two additional times (probably should have won the award in each of those seasons, too) and at his peak, he was the most impactful defenseman the NHL had seen since the days of Bobby Orr. He was that good in Ottawa. His best stretch came during the 2016-17 season when he almost single-handedly carried the team to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final...while playing injured. He was so good that postseason that he actually earned a Conn Smythe Trophy vote even though his team did not reach the Stanley Cup Final. That is respect. It is also dominance.
Philadelphia Flyers: Reggie Leach (27)
It might be a little late in the game for this one since 16 different players have worn the number since Leach last did, but he was a pretty significant part of Flyers history. Leach owns the franchise record for goals in a season (61) and won the Conn Smythe Trophy during their most recent Stanley Cup win in the 1974-75 season.
Pittsburgh Penguins: Jaromir Jagr (68)
This has to happen. There was some bitterness with the way Jagr left the Penguins two decades ago, and he was still active playing for opponents as recently as a couple of years ago, but there is no way the Penguins cannot retire this number. Jagr helped bring two Stanley Cups to Pittsburgh and was one of the two or three best players in the league (sometimes the best) for his entire tenure with the team. At worst he is the third-best player in franchise history behind only Mario Lemieux and Sidney Crosby.
San Jose Sharks: Patrick Marleau (12)
Both Marleau and Joe Thornton (19) are going to have their numbers retired at some point by the Sharks. It seems like a given. But Marleau might get that honor first because he was drafted by the team and is the franchise leader in games played, goals and total points. He never won the Stanley Cup in San Jose, but he did help the team reach the Stanley Cup Final during the 2015-16 season. Not only is he one of the Sharks' franchise legends, he is one of the most underappreciated players across the league for his era.
St. Louis Blues: Alex Pietrangelo (27)
Pietrangelo has been a rock on the Blues defense for more than a decade and was the captain of the first-ever Stanley Cup winning team in franchise history. That is exactly the type of player who gets a number retired by a team. He will one day join Al MacInnis and Chris Pronger among the team's all-time great defensemen who have their numbers retired for the Blues.
Tampa Bay Lighting: Steven Stamkos (91)
Stamkos has been the second-best goal scorer of his era, trailing only Alex Ovechkin. He is already one of the greatest players in Lightning history and is one of their biggest superstars. The only thing his resume is missing at this point is a Stanley Cup. He has been close. If he gets over the hump he might be the greatest player in franchise history.
Toronto Maple Leafs: Auston Matthews (34)
The Maple Leafs have either retired or "honored" several numbers of former players and have included pretty much every noteworthy player from their past. So we will look far into the future and go with Matthews, who has already shown that he is one of the best goal-scorers in the league. If he helps bring the Stanley Cup back to Toronto, his status among the team greats will forever be cemented.
Vancouver Canucks: Alexander Edler (23)
Edler has never really received a ton of national attention during his career, but he has been one of the best defensemen in the history of the franchise and a key piece during one of the most successful eras the Canucks have ever seen. Now that Henrik and Daniel Sedin have had their numbers retired, Edler might be the next logical choice in the future.
Vegas Golden Knights: Marc-Andre Fleury (29)
When the Golden Knights acquired Fleury in the expansion draft he immediately became their franchise player. He has been the cornerstone piece of the team both on and off the ice in its first three years and helped backstop the team to the Stanley Cup Final in its first year of existence. He was one of their first players. He is their first superstar. He will be their first retired number.
Washington Capitals: Peter Bondra (12)
In the future you know Alex Ovechkin will have his No. 8 retired. That is a given. But that is still probably a decade or so away from happening, as Ovechkin still has several more dominant years ahead of him in the NHL. In the meantime, another Capitals superstar from their past is probably long overdue for having his number go to the rafters — Bondra. He is a 500-goal scorer and was an absolute superstar for the Capitals throughout the 1990s. He won two goal-scoring crowns for the Capitals and was one of the league's most dominant goal scorers between the 1990 and 2002 seasons. Given how great he was, it is kind of a surprise his number is not already retired by the Capitals.
Winnipeg Jets: Blake Wheeler (26)
The current version of the Jets (the one that moved from Atlanta in 2012) has not retired any numbers, but they do have one obvious candidate for that honor in the future. Wheeler has been one of the league's most underrated players this decade and one of the top point producers in the league. He has been the face of the franchise, their captain, their leader and the team's all-time leading point producer. Seems like a slam dunk in the future.
LA Sparks star Candace Parker returns to 'semi-normal' life outside the wubble .
Inside the WNBA's bubble, known as the wubble, Candace Parker said her No. 1 job was being a mom and secondly finishing the season.Parker, 34, averaged 14.7 points, a league-best 9.7 rebounds and 4.6 assists, served as an NBA analyst remotely and parented her 11-year-old daughter Lailaa, who was with her inside the WNBA bubble.