Free agency is in full swing, and it’s an important summer for the Vegas Golden Knights.
Vegas is obviously out of the John Tavares sweepstakes, but there’s a lot of other dominos out there to fall. What happens with James Neal? David Perron? Any other notes on the restricted free agents?
We’ll log every rumor here so you don’t have to worry about it. Keep this bookmarked. We’ll have it updated as we go.
July 3, 7:20 a.m.: Vegas still in the mix for Karlsson
According to David Pagnotta, trade talks for Erik Karlsson have heated up considerably in the last 24 hours, and Vegas is “still very much in the mix” to land the Swedish superstar. There are other teams still in the running, though some (i.e., the Rangers) are off the board.
July 2, 5:06 a.m.: James Neal and Flames close on deal
Bob McKenzie (via Mike Commodore, who believes it is a done deal) is reporting the Flames and Neal worked into the late night on a five-year deal that would pay Neal an AAV of $5.75 million. George McPhee said Sunday that the Golden Knights would still talk to Neal on a deal, but it appears Calgary is prepared to go in the direction of the price tag Vegas has been hesitant on.
July 1, 10:59 a.m.: Vegas lands Daniel Carr
Daniel Carr received multiple calls this week and has agreed to terms with the @GoldenKnights— Brian Bartlett (@BBarts) July 1, 2018
July 1, 10:42 a.m.: Knights sign Curtis McKenzie
Vegas brings in the 27-year-old forward on a cheap two-year deal, according to Rick Dhaliwal.
July 1, 7:57 a.m.: Vegas the frontrunner to land Nick Holden
According to Pierre LeBrun, the Knights are very much in on acquiring the 31-year-old defenseman. Could he be Colin Miller’s new partner?
July 1, 7:13 a.m.: Knights nearing contract with Paul Stastny
Surprise! The belief was that Stastny would be returning to Winnipeg next season, but Darren Dreger reports Vegas will be signing the 32-year-old to a three-year contract.
July 1, 5:47 a.m.: Perron signs with St. Louis
The Golden Knights have officially lost one of their top sources of point production. According to Elliotte Friedman, Perron has signed with the Blues. Four years, $4 million AAV.
June 30, 4:22 p.m.: Pirri agrees to one-year extension
It’s looking like Brandon Pirri will be back in the Golden Knights’ system next season. According to a report from Renaud Lavoie, the 27-year-old has agreed to a two-way contract.
June 30, 3:53 p.m.: Reaves agrees to two-year contract
According to Darren Dreger, the Knights’ big man will be back for two more years. He registered four points in 31 games with the Golden Knights last season (including the playoffs).
June 29, 4:32 p.m.: Perron unlikely to return to Vegas
The 30-year-old forward is coming off the best statistical campaign of his career, but according to Elliotte Friedman, it looks like Perron will be playing for a different team next season.
June 29, 2:40 p.m.: James Neal not wavering from price
The Calgary Sun reported last week that James Neal turned down a 5-by-5 deal at the trade deadline from the Golden Knights. A source confirmed those talks, and another source confirms that Neal is not wavering from wanting at least $6 million over six years. He is prepared to enter July 1 with no set offer from Vegas and is prepared to listen to other offers.
June 29, 2:08 p.m.: Ryan Reaves set to re-sign with Vegas
Elliotte Friedman initially reported that Reaves was considering going back to Vegas, and Complete Hockey News seems to have confirmed it. Vegas gets its fourth-line bruiser back, who had an outstanding playoff run.
June 29, 9:05 a.m.: Erik Karlsson trade talks back on?
Fluid situation but appears likely scenario for Erik Karlsson is....— Mike Kelly (@MikeKellyNHL) June 29, 2018
1) Gets traded to Vegas with Bobby Ryan sooner rather than later...
2) Senators look to free agency to fill open D spot as opposed to what would come back from Vegas.
This could be ... uh ... very good for Vegas.
June 29, 8:40 a.m.: David Perron meeting with Coyotes
Craig Morgan of NHL.com is reporting that Perron, who had 50 assists last season with the Golden Knights, is meeting with division rival Arizona. Potential targets James van Riemsdyk and Michael Grabner are also meeting with the ‘Yotes.
June 29, 8:34 a.m.: Luca Sbisa not coming back
Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic confirmed via Sbisa’s agent that he will not be returning to Vegas next year after not receiving an offer from the Knights. That’s weird, considering George McPhee said after the Final that offers had been extended to all UFAs. Oh, well. What a way to go out for Sbisa after basically fumbling away Game 5 against Washington.