Golden Knights host Coyotes in first opening night

Golden Knights host Coyotes in first opening night

Golden Knights host Coyotes in first opening night

Everyone from the Golden Knights to the repeat Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins had been using social media to tease new threads for the 2017-18 season in recent weeks, and Adidas' refreshed look for the National Hockey League became official Tuesday night on the eve of the expansion draft. Neal notched 23 goals last season - the third highest mark on the team. Atlanta needed seven seasons, and the franchise, now in Winnipeg, has just two berths in 16 seasons.

Although the franchise is on the upswing, there will be a few casualties lost along the way, and it starts with the Vegas expansion draft. Adding him means, a guaranteed depth defender who can fill the 6/7 position right away, along with the possibility of having a top four defender on your team in the near future. But that decision nearly guaranteed that (again, barring a deal with the Golden Knights) they lose a talented young defenseman in either Josh Manson or Sami Vatanen. It feels like the 2012 first-round pick remains several years away from becoming even a representative National Hockey League goaltender, let alone a good one.

What's even more tantalizing than Marchessault's goal output is his 2017-18 cap hit, a smooth $750,000. Pronger "finished his career" as an Arizona Coyote, with his dead money helping that team meet the salary cap floor. As straight-up Vegas souvenirs, the Golden Knights stuff should prove tremendously popular.

There's no question the Golden Knights take Marchessault right?

The network also suggests the Anaheim Ducks agreed to send defenseman Shea Theodore to the Golden Knights for taking Clayton Stoner instead of Sami Vatanen or Josh Manson. The Blues' Robert Bortuzo would be cheaper ($1.15 million) and the Sharks' Brenden Dillon is younger (26 years old) and would likely be more durable.

"Bill Foley is a West Point guy, sort of using those colors", Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee said.

For starters, he's a big fan of analytics and advanced metrics, telling the Golden Knights official team site recently: "It's remarkable some of the things that data can clarify for you". It's obvious that Eakin is probably the most talented and valuable player on the Dallas Stars' exposed list, but there were many speculations as to which direction the Golden Knights would go when selecting their Star.

Buzz: Anyone who watched Game 6 of the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals discovered what Hagelin supporters already knew: the 28-year-old Swede can absolutely fly in the open ice.

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