** South Nevada's sports hall, Steve Carp's column twice a week publishes every Wednesday and Sunday during the Golden Knights season. **
The deadline for marketing NHL is eight days. So now is a good time to look at what the Golden Knights could do. Or you have to do this.
Do not be fooled by the 5: 1
So who do they have to follow?
There is Artemis Panarin of Columbus, who may be available. Philadelphia may be willing to part with Wayne Simmonds. The Rangers could talk about trading Mats Zucarelo. The same goes for the Devils who move with Marcus Johansson, whom Ken approves (more about him tomorrow).
For me, knights should have a goal at the top of their list – Mark Stone of Ottawa – supposing, of course, he's still on the market. It is believed that the senators are trying to make him agree to extend the contract and stay in Ottawa.
But Let's Play Together And Go On The Base That It's Available
Why Identify Stone as a Vegas Major Business Goal? Let's start with the fact that the guy is really good at a really bad team. Ottawa is the worst NHL team and is a hot mess on both the ice and the ice. Changing the stage to a winning organization would undoubtedly help Stone. He is only 26 years old. He is about to have the best season in his career with 27 goals, 32 assists and 59 points in 58 games. His previous best was in 2015 when he had 26 goals, 38 assists and 64 points with the Senators. It would fit well in the style of Vegas, as better players would increase its performance.
The downside? Stone makes $ 7.35 million and will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1. If you are GMGM, are you sure you can sign Stone to the extension? McFly is not a great mercenary, so you have to think that if he's dealing with Stone, then with understanding he can sign it for a long time. Stone is represented by Craig Oster from Newport Sports.
Of course, Vegas is not the only team interested in Stone's services. Winnipeg, who played and lost on Ottawa for Saturday, is said to be interested. Calgary may also be in the mix to be able to deal with it. He would probably raise a salary. But no matter what the Golden Knight would do, he would be considerably more than what is currently in the Ottawa bank.
Remember that there is no income tax in Nevada, while Stone pays high national and provincial taxes, Canada. The money saved goes into his pocket, not the government.
And the quality of life here in South Nevada should be enjoyed. Chatting with some of the Knights' players will convince him of this.
And then there is the relationship of Kelly McCormon. McCormon trains Stone to teenage boys with Brandon Wheat Kings, and whether McKrimon will remain as a GM Vegas Assistant in the long run will not affect Stone's level of comfort.
Is it possible for knights to afford a long-term plan?
When things stand next year, Flourie and McPassieretti will command the highest salary for every $ 7 million. Paul Stables will win 6.5 million dollars. So that's $ 20.5 million tied to three players for 2019-20
Knights also have William Carlson to cope. Wild Bill makes $ 5.25 million this season and will be a Limited Free Agent at the end of the season. He did not record a record number of years ago, but has a solid season. It will be interesting to see McFIY play this game.
But there is a place with a team salary ceiling – approximately $ 16 million – to take someone with Stone's salary structure.
What do we need to get it?
I guess it's a pack of defender, forward, perspective, and / or pick. McFly and Pierre Dorion, Sens's GM, know each other well. Remember that the two teams almost dropped out of the blockbuster trade at the end of a year ago in order for the knights to acquire Eric Carlson.
And what can the pack of Golden Knights look like?
Start with Colin Miller, who signed in 2022 and has an AAV of $ 3,875. That's roughly half what Stone does to allow Ottawa to reduce her salary alone. Miller is only 26, he can move the puck and be a boost to the Senator's power play. Currently he is the third D pair in Vegas. In Ottawa, he most likely becomes a defender of the best couples.
Plus, McFly sells it to the Western Conference, which means the knights will see Miller only twice a year.
And remember that Eric Branstrom waits in the wings to make this team out of the training camp next year. He is expected to be a big player so Miller's loss in the short run should not be a big problem.
In addition, Jon Merrill plays his best hockey in the last month or so and will get Nick. Holden returned at some point. Somehow I see the knights who survived the loss of Miller through trade.
As for the rest of the puzzle, maybe Ottawa is ready to take Brandon Pry or Oscar Lindbergh back to get some of the points he will miss from parting with Stone. Yes, Piri was in deep freezing before he scored on Tuesday against Arizona and got his 10th on Saturday. But he made only $ 650,000.
Even Ottawa can afford that. There is no time to worry about it, as Pirri will be UFA at the end of the season.
Also for Lindberg, who is upcoming UFA and making $ 1.7 million. Perhaps the change of scene would make Lindbergh come back again. He is only 27 years old and I think he still has a certain shelf life, although his offensive numbers with knights are subordinate. Lindbergh has scored in his last two games, including the fourth goal of the team on Saturday.
What about the rest of the potential trade from Ottawa's point of view? Probably the knights will not move Branstrom, Cody Voice or Nick Hag. But perhaps they offer Senators Ivan Morozov, their second round of 2018 from Russia, who plays in the KHL. Or maybe they can convince Ottawa to take Raid Duke or Zack Whitehall or Daniel Carr, all playing in the AHL with Chicago.
As for projects, knights have nine peaks in this year's NHL entry project, including three in the third round and three in the fifth. I do not see how GMGM is engaged in selection # 1 or # 2. But choosing from a third round or a fifth round? Of course.
Dorion will want a lot back. And he must demand a lot. And with other teams that shop for Stone, the price of poker can be steep when everything is said and done. The reality is that knights will have to give up something to get something.
The question will be, how long will it be enough to get Mark Stone to come to the desert? I will not bankrupt the franchise to find him, but I will certainly make a serious attempt to get him out of the Canal before returning to Plan B or C. ** Steve Carp is the author of Vegas Born – the remarkable story of the Golden Knights. " Follow it on Twitter @ stevecarp56. All of Steve Carp's work here at SinBin.vegas is presented to you by the Jimmerson Law Firm. For more than twenty-five years, the law firm Jimierson has been widely recognized as one of the prominent full-service law firms in Las Vegas. Specializing in business with high limits, civil and family disputes, the law firm Jimerson has an unparalleled history of winning when it matters most. To contact Jimmerson's Law Firm, call (702) 388-7171 and tell them that SinBin.vegas has sent you. **