On Sunday evening the NHL and NHLPA announced an update that included the temporary reintroduction of taxi squads, and today the Vegas Golden Knights added four players from the Henderson Silver Knights to the taxi squad.
Per the NHL’s release on taxi squads:
• Clubs will be permitted to form Taxi Squads on a temporary basis beginning on Dec. 26, 2021 (subject to Holiday Roster Freeze restrictions), and lasting through the date of their final game prior to the scheduled dates for the 2022 All-Star Break. After each Club’s final game before the All-Star Break, its Taxi Squad will dissolve. Clubs may then recall or Reassign the Players that were assigned to the Taxi Squad.
• Clubs will be permitted to assign a maximum of six (6) Players to their Taxi Squad. All such assignments will be subject to Waiver requirements as applicable. No individual Player may spend more than twenty (20) cumulative days on the Taxi Squad during the temporary formation period.
• Players on Loan to the Taxi Squad will be permitted to travel and practice with the NHL Club, however, such Players can only play in an NHL Game if recalled and placed on the NHL Club’s Active Roster before such NHL Game (and no later than the appropriate 5:00 p.m. deadline). Although not all Players on Loan to the Taxi Squad are required to travel to all away games, it is recommended that a sufficient number of Taxi Squad Players travel with the Club to ensure an adequate number of Players are available for Recalls as may be necessary.
These additions give the team some flexibility in the event of players being unavailable to injury or illness, and it is of note as Brett Howden, along with head coach Pete DeBoer were added to the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol.
Update: Head Coach Pete DeBoer & forward Brett Howden are unavailable due to COVID-19 protocol. #VegasBorn— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) December 27, 2021
Miromanov has 15 points in 19 games for the Silver Knights, and both Leschyshyn and Rondbjerg have tallied 9 points in 10 games played in the AHL this season. Logan Thompson has appeared in 19 games at the AHL level this year, and is 10-6-4 with a 2.53 goals against average, and a .929 save percentage. At the NHL level, Rondbjerg has a line of 2-2-4 in 13 games, Leschyshyn has a line of 1-3-4 in 19 games, and Miromanov has a lone assist in four games played.
As of right now the Golden Knights are scheduled to take on the Los Angeles Kings tomorrow in Los Angeles. The league recently postponed other games on the schedule for Tuesday, but as of this moment there’s no indication that a cancellation is coming.