PRESEASON OUTLOOK Far and away the best opening two years in pro sports history for an expansion team, a SCF appearance followed by a great regular season in year two before bowing out ungracefully to the Sharks in last years playoffs. It was universally thought that the Cali clubs would be collectively down, the Canadian teams all had glaring holes so the Knights looked to be the best bet to come out of the Pacific this year.
FINAL RECORD 39-24-8 first place in the Pacific, Breezed
As always, Yave, in depth and interesting takes.
I think this team will be fine in the next couple years.
Can still be contenders for not only the playoffs, but even continue to make runs at the Stanley Cup.
As you pointed out already, some questions will need to be addressed and I agree the biggest one has to be in goal.
Seems the relationship between MAF and the head coach is soured a bit......and having a 7M cap hit malcontent on the bench isn't ideal.
I'd say, if they can sign L
Agreed the Knights are absolutely among the cream of the west, the Pacific is essentially them and then everyone else (although Edmonton/calgary have to be considered) so when you know that worst case scenario unless everything in the world goes bad you are at the worst in the top three of your division and therefor a lock for the playoffs, it is a matter of tweaking it to try to find the next level.
Fleury could probably be dealt to a team who beli
I think the Knights have to get a little faster defensively, and up front. The problem is, I don't think they have the caproom at the moment. They will still likely be in one of the top 3 spots in the West, though, even if they don't add to their roster.
Looking over at capfriendly, seems the Knights have a bit of wiggle room....almost 5M in space.
Now, if they plan on signing Lehner, that 5M may have to go to him....which means they will have to move a player or two to be able to possibly re-sign guys like Nick Cousins or a Tomas Nosek......or just let those guys walk while pursuing someone else instead.
You are right...they would have to be mindful of their cap space, but seems George McPhee is usually ahead of the game when it comes to t