Tuesday, August 16, 2022

How Vegas Golden Knights can be Contenders this Season

The Vegas Golden Knights are in trouble now with Robin Lehner expected to be out the entire season and with Laurent Brossoit also out with injury. With their goaltending situation uncertain, Vegas will need to make some moves to improve their goaltending in order to be a contender this season.


These are the moves that the Vegas Golden Knights should make:


Vegas Golden Knights acquire Semyon Varlamov from the New York Islanders for a 2023 3rd round pick, and a 2024 5th round pick.

This trade benefits both teams because the Islanders don't really need a $5 million backup with Ilya Sorokin primed to be the workhorse next season, while the Golden Knights really could use a veteran goalie to tandem with Logan Thompson in the absence of Robin Lehner.

Vegas Golden Knights acquire Mike Hoffman from the Montreal Canadiens for Sakari Manninen, a 2025 3rd round pick. If Vegas Makes the playoffs, the 3rd round pick becomes a 2nd round pick.

Mike Hoffman adds some scoring punch to their top 6 and will add a dimension to the powerplay they need.

Vegas Golden Knights acquire Joonas Donskoi from Seattle Kraken for a 2024 4th round pick, a 2025 6th round pick. 

Donskoi was misused in Seattle, he could be a solid depth player on Vegas, playing on their 3rd line.


Vegas Golden Knights re-sign the following players

Nic Hague-3yrs/2.75M per


This is how the lineup looks like this season



M.Hoffman-J.Eichel-M.Stone

J.Marchessault-W.Karlsson-R.Smith

C.Stephenson-N.Roy-J.Donskoi

W.Carrier-B.Howden-K.Kolesar

N.Hague-A.Pietrangelo

B.McNab-S.Theodore

A.Martinez-Z.Whitecloud

S.Varlamov

L.Thompson

LTIR: S.Weber, R.Lehner, L.Brossoit, N.Patrick


With the additions made the the team, the Golden Knights have assembled a team that can be in position to contend this season.

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