Vegas big spenders this offseason?
Vegas is at an all-time high right now with $52 million in projected cap space, coming off the best inaugural season for a first-year franchise and coming out of the Stanley Cup final. But the big news here is what are the Golden Knights going to do with the $52 million in cap they have, well for one they are going to sign James Neal, and David Perron well offer them contracts at least, as well as their four expiring defensemen. Then after that is said and done they are for sure going to throw something at John Tavares, Max Pacioretty, and any big name free agent out there. The owner, general manager and head coach of the Knights are all on board to go out and do something this offseason and said they are no afraid to throw money around. A rumor even came out the Golden Knights were close to acquiring Erik Karlsson but Cody Glass was the piece they were unwilling to part with. Well now it has come around again this trade rumor, and we are close to hearing something about Erik Karlsson and Vegas soon. The Knights will also be bringing back Marc Andre Fleury as he said he wants to stay with Vegas the rest of his career. the Knights are going to be causing a lot of havoc this offseason so stay tuned.
Johnny T and OEL talk
John Tavares may be coming back to New York for sure now, after the Lou Lamoriello signing, and Garth Snow and Doug Weight firing, things are on the up for the Islanders. The scary part is nothing has even come out about Tavares in terms of what is going on with his contract extension, like at least the Coyotes and Oliver Ekman Larsson have come to agreements verbally and have told people so they do not need to continue to entertain teams about Ekman Larsson. Tavares and the Islanders not doing anything is a bit concerning this now almost a full year the Tavares watch continues on and nothing has even happened. Maybe behind closed doors but if you are the Islanders, don’t you want to finalize this and get your franchise player aboard? A bit odd to me this has still continued. While the Coyotes have supposedly verbally agreed to a contract extension with Oliver Ekman Larsson, it is supposed to be around 8-years with an unknown AAV at the moment, that is probably why it is a verbal agreement because no money has been said yet. But the Coyotes start the offseason in the right direction signing back their #1 defenseman a top-20 defenseman in the NHL.