NHL Rumors: Vegas Golden Knights - Goaltending and Reilly Smith

Danny Webster: It’s appearing like the Vegas Golden Knights will have another goalie debate this offseason. Last year it was the Marc-Andre Fleury scenario, and now it might be Robin Lehner‘s turn.

Lehner has actually not spoken with the media considering that April 9th. He had shoulder surgical treatment over a week back, and hadn’t played considering that April 20th. It is Lehner’s 2nd shoulder surgical treatment considering that 2020, and he is anticipated to be all set for training school.

It’s not thought that Lehner has actually asked for a trade since of how his injury scenario was dealt with.

Backup goaltender Laurent Brossoit likewise went through surgical treatment and missed their last 20 video games. He’s under agreement for another year at $2.325 million.

If the Golden feel that Logan Thompson is all set to an NHL backup next season, they might want to move Brossoit.

Danny Webster of the Vegas Sun:  31-year-old pending UFA forward Reilly Smith installed 38 points through 56 video games prior to an injury ended his season.

The Golden Knights aren’t going to have a great deal of income cap area to have fun with this offseason. There is a shared interest in between the Golden Knights and Smith and they did hold some talks after the All-Star break.

GM Kelly McCrimmon at his end of season interview.

“I like Reilly a lot. Everyone likes Reilly a lot. We’ve got all kinds of time to go over those things.”

Currently the Golden Knights are a half million over the cap with the 18 gamers under agreement. If Smith were to remain, it would need to be on lower, team-friendly offer.

Teams that may be thinking about Smith if he strikes the free market are the Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, New Jersey Devils and Ottawa Senators.

Danny Webster: The Vegas Golden Knights had more than 500 guy video games lost this season and it will be an offseason of recovery for them.

“The potential of the group sits as a pit in your stomach because at the beginning of the year, we all recognized what could have been,” DeBoer stated (over a week ago). “When you’re watching playoff hockey last night, you know with a healthy group, we should be right there.”

Mark Stone, Max Pacioretty, Alec Martinez and Robin Lehner missed out on great portions of the season.

Reilly Smith is a pending UFA and he missed out on the last month of the season with a concealed injury. If they had actually made the playoffs, he would have been all set.

Coach Pete DeBoer stated injuries weren’t the primary reason/excuse for not making the playoffs, however included.

“The injuries bled into everything,” DeBoer stated. “The injuries bled into our management since of who wasn’t in the dressing space. It bled into our unique groups. It bled into having the ability to be a four-line group and play the method we wish to play, take control of in video games with pressure and do those things, play the kind of hockey Vegas is utilized to playing.

“I think there’s always things there, but I think everything bled from that.”

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