NHL News: Vegas Opening Night, Shiapchyov AHL assignment, Rangers Chytil assigned to Hartford

Vegas Strong signs surround the boards for Golden Knights home opener 

Vegas will have their opening night after the horrifying event that occurred last weekend just miles away from the T-Moblie arena. On Friday, October 6, before the National Anthem the Dallas Stars joined the Vegas Golden Knights on the blue line to show respect and to honor the victims, their families, and the Vegas community. Since then the Golden Knights collectively as a team have been supporting charities, raising money and giving back to the community to help. Sporting #VegasStrong shirts and stickers on their helmets, the many victims, families and community of Vegas will be joined together to help the Golden Knights kick off their home opener of the 2017-2018 NHL season. As released recently the Golden Knights will remove all advertisements on the boards and replace them with #VegasStrong signs. The Golden Knights get ready for an emotional night as they welcome the Arizona Coyotes for the franchises first ever home game.

Nikolaj Ehlers natural hattrick lifts Jets past Oilers

Nikolaj Ehlers and the Jets push past the Oilers to earn their first win of the season. The monkey is finally off the Jets back and they can put the two disappointing losses behind them. Nikolaj Ehlers the newly contracted and tenured Jets forward helped the Jets with his natural hattrick last night. One coming from an end to end effort from Ehlers, a puck race won by Mark Scheifele and just a one time no brainer to collect his third goal of the night. This could have possibly been the Jets way of gaining some confidence back in their game and getting ready to make a statement. Steven Mason was not in net last night either and Connor Hellybuck managed to turn away 37 shots. Overall it was a much better effort from the Jets and they get ready to take on the Canucks Thursday night.

Vadim Shiapchyov future with Vegas? 

Vadim Shipachyov was recently sent down to the AHL, and after hearing the news the 30-year-old forward was not too happy. Although Geroge McPhee says it is not because of play on the ice and it is just a roster move, Shipachyov has been sent down to Chicago’s AHL system. This is not expected to be a long-term stay for Shipachyov but he has expressed the likelihood of going back to the KHL if this does turn out to be a long-term assignment. Shipachyov was signed for two-years, $9 million, so the surprise in this roster move is fully understandable. The Golden Knights have run into this problem before due to their surplus of defenseman, the roster moves have been happening for quite some time now so as much of a surprise this is, at the same time it is not. Due to the fact, Shea Theodore and Alex Tuch were also demoted to the AHL so they do not have to go through waivers. The Golden Knights and McPhee know their situation with the roster issues and are looking for ways to shed some roster space so incidents like this do not happen again.

Filip Chytil assigned to Hartford

The New York Rangers recently signed Adam Cracknell off waivers from Dallas Stars, Cracknell is a 32-year-old forward who has played 204 NHL games with eight different teams. The reasoning behind this signing could only mean one thing though, yes, Filip Chytil is gone. Recently this morning Filip Chytil has been sent to the AHL and what Ranger fans thought would last a little longer than two games Chytil, the 18-year-old, 21st overall NHL draft pick will now be playing in Hartford for the remainder of the season. There may be chances to see Chytil here and there at times and or even in the playoffs but right now early on, the Rangers are looking to grow and develop Chytil in the AHL system.

 

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