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Golden Knights Wrap: Losing Lehner, Thompson’s Time, and World Junior Updates

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In terms of news, things are extraordinarily dry right now in the National Hockey League. So here’s an extensive daily that can hopefully supply yinz with some reading material this Monday.

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Injury Updates: The biggest news surrounding the Golden Knights currently. Robin Lehner will have hip surgery and miss the entire 2022-23 season.

Trade Market: Could the Golden Knights look elsewhere to replace Lehner by trading for someone like Semyon Varlamov?

From Within: Or could Bruce Cassidy and Kelly McCrimmon look towards young goaltender Logan Thompson to take the reigns as starter?

Winger Help: With Max Pacioretty traded, the Golden Knights suddenly need help at wing. Could they be interested in Phil Kessel, Sonny Milano, or Evan Rodrigues?

Re-Signings: McCrimmon has signed all restricted free agents except one, Nicolas Hague. But Keegan Kolesar, Nicolas Roy, Jake Leschyshyn, and Paul Cotter are all back.

ICYMI: Former Golden Knight Max Pacioretty, who is now set to miss six months of the season, had some choice words for his former team in the Golden Knights.

WJC: Four Golden Knights prospects are currently competing in the 2022 World Junior Championship. VHN will provide more coverage on the tournament as soon as we get to the medal rounds.

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Pittsburgh: I’m stealing an idea from Dan Kingerski here and also will look over a specific GM’s history in the month of August just as he did with Ron Hextall.

For McCrimmon/McPhee and the Golden Knights in general, they have…

  • Signed Nate Schmidt to an extension in August of 2017
  • Signed William Karlsson to his current deal in August 2018
  • Recently signed Kolesar, Roy, Leschyshyn, and Cotter
  • They have never made a trade in August.

WJC: Impressions so far from the World Junior Championships. Aatu Raty is good, Mason McTavish can’t stop scoring, and Team Latvia had an amazing win.

Calgary: Now that they have signed Jonathan Huberdeau, can the Flames strike a deal with Mackenzie Weegar?

Boston: Could Milan Lucic come back to the Boston Bruins?

Florida: NHL veteran Marc Staal is excited to join the Florida Panthers alongside his brother Eric, who signed a professional tryout.

San Jose: Former Golden Knight Luca Sbisa has joined the San Jose Sharks development coaching staff.

THG: Big fan of The Hockey Guy here, and glad to see he had a nice trip to Las Vegas recently. His most recent video is of note too.

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Owen Krepps covers the Vegas Golden Knights for Vegas Hockey Now. A 2022 Robert Morris University graduate, he has previously written for RMU Sentry Media, Colonial Sports Network, The Titusville Herald, Pittsburgh Sports Now, and Pittsburgh Hockey Now.

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