In the last week or so, the Vegas Golden Knights have had some pretty big things happen. I will break down a few of the most recent moves that the team has made as they are preparing for their first official offseason in the National Hockey League.
Vadim Shipachyov Singing
The Golden Knights have signed 30-year-old center Vadim Shipachyov to a 2-year contract worth a total of $9 million over 2 years. This makes Shipachyov officially the second player on the Golden Knights. The contract originally contained a no-movement clause, but due to the league rules and the current CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement), Shipachyov was not actually eligible to have that language in his contract so the team restructured the contract and got him officially signed and in a couple days later. In recent years playing for SKA Saint Petersburg, he was third in the league in scoring int he KHL. He scored more than former Nhl players who are currently playing in the KHL. Some of those players include Pavel Datsyuk, Vladimir Sobotka, and Valeri Nichushkin among others.
Here is an impressive hat trick that he scored for SKA Saint Petersburg
Some things to know about this new player
- He is an elite scorer
- He is an elite playmaker
- He has won the KHL Championship 2 of the last 3 seasons and he is used to playing on a winning team.
- He is a team leader, he has served as St. Petersburgh captain in 2015-2016 and was the assistant captain on both of the team’s championship teams in both the 2014-2015 season and in the 2016-2017 season.
- He has a trademark jersey number. He is known for wearing number 87 in both league and international competition to this point in his career.
There was some great news for the team when he played in his first game in the World Championships and had a 4 assist performance. He scored the 4 assists all on the power play in Russias 10-1 explosion against Italy in the World Championships. Here are some highlights of the game so you can see some of the plays that he made.
Former TSN Analyst Gary Lawless Joins Golden Knights as team insider
On May 3rd the Golden Knights officially announced that Gary Lawless would be joining the club as a team insider. According to an article on nhl.com that you can see here, Lawless will be in charge of
“In this role, Lawless will author in-depth breaking news stories, columns, features, event recaps and player/staff profiles on vegasgoldenknights.com and will serve as the team’s lead on-camera reporter, filing daily video recaps from Golden Knights practices, games, events and press conferences. He will work closely with Golden Knights Senior Writer Dan Marrazza to provide fans with exclusive, authentic, and engaging content highlighting team personalities, off-ice initiatives and community outreach. He will also make regular on-air appearances during radio and television broadcasts of Golden Knights home games. Lawless will officially join the Golden Knights organization on June 6.”
Golden Knights President Kerry Bubolz said that “Our goal is to provide our fans with exclusive and engaging content across all of our digital platforms. Gary is a hockey expert, having covered the game extensively in one of the most passionate hockey markets in North America on television, radio, print and web. We hope Golden Knights fans will enjoy his reporting and insight that will come from being entrenched with the team. Together with Dan Marrazza, we will continue to deliver entertaining and compelling stories across our entire network of media assets.”
Lawless spent the last 18 years in Winnipeg, Manitoba where he has worked at various prominent media positions in that time. He should bring not only great experience to this position for the Golden Knights but should also be able to provide the fans and team with the kind of media experience that we would expect at a top of the line arena such as the Golden Knights will have at their disposal.
What do you think about these 2 additions to the organization? Do you think that they will be good people to have with the Golden Knights in their first season in the NHL? Personally, I really like both of the people that the team as added this last week. They are both quality people that I think will perform their roles in a quality way that will be beneficial to the organization as a whole. Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments and we can continue the Golden Knights hockey discussion there! Until next time, #LetsGoKnights!