A new wrinkle has been added to the NHL trade deadline, as the Vegas Golden Knights can start to make deals as soon as their final payment is made to the league.
And what do you know, that day is today!
Vegas Golden Knights will officially be in the hockey business this afternoon. I's dotted...T's crossed...George McPhee can start dealing.— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) March 1, 2017
Vegas already had their hands in this year’s trade deadline in a very indirect way. With the expansion draft looming, more than a few trades done at this deadline have been made in preparation for the summer.
But now, the Golden Knights are able to play in the NHL’s most active day of the season. According to the Associated Press, general manager George McPhee has already reached out to a few teams.
"We've been talking with teams here for a few weeks now," general manager George McPhee said. "Teams are looking for some certainty with their rosters and obviously trying to improve their rosters before the trading deadline and they want to talk to us to see if there's a player that we could agree upon that for a couple months from now to claim, which would make their life easier."
However, don’t expect Vegas to be making big splashes — if any — at this deadline. The Golden Knights can only take draft picks or prospects in exchange for an agreement not to go after — or even take — certain players in the expansion draft, as they are not allowed to acquire “professional” players until the summer.
McPhee can't acquire players in pros, but he can acquire picks and prospects in return for not taking players in expansion draft.— Nick Cotsonika (@cotsonika) March 1, 2017
Putting Vegas into the mix adds another layer to this already complex puzzle that is the NHL trade deadline. Buckle your seat belts.