How Vegas' hot start could reshape the NHL trade deadline

How Vegas' hot start could reshape the NHL trade deadline

Postautor: lucky » 22 gru 2017, o 10:12

When the dust settled on the Vegas Golden Knights' expansion draft, general manager George McPhee had set his team up for a very bright future. The NHL's newest franchise held three of the first 15 picks in the 2017 draft and 10 picks in the first two rounds between 2018 and 2020. McPhee also appeared to be in position to scoop up even more draft picks at the 2017-18 trade deadline, as a number of his expansion picks were upcoming free agents.
We assumed that the Golden Knights' first campaign would be in line with other expansion clubs that struggled out of the gate. By the deadline, it seemed, Vegas would be able to trade proven players to stack even more future assets. Not so fast. Vegas has Womens Tyler Toffoli Jersey flipped the script by winning 22 of its first 33 games. The Golden Knights sit in first place in the Pacific Division, rank third in the NHL in goals scored per game and beat the mighty Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. What does their hot start mean for the short- and long-term future of the Golden Knights? How might it reshape the trade deadline overall? Let's have a look.
The Jets, of course, are not alone in coming up empty-handed after a trip to Vegas. The Knights are tied for first place in the Western Conference after 33 games, due in large part to their 14-2-1 record at T-Mobile Arena. How did this expansion franchise, a ragtag group of castoffs from other NHL teams, win all those home games, outscoring opponents 63-41 and dominating some of the best teams in the league -- especially since they've been outscored 57-51 in going a pedestrian 8-7-1 on the road?
"I don't know. What's your theory?" asked goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, deflecting my question like a puck off the blocker. My theory? OK, here it goes: Every team that's played the Golden Knights on the road has suffered from an acute strain of the "Vegas Flu," a contagious infirmity that's the result of late nights at the casino tables or the clubs that surround them, getting swallowed up by the 24-hour party of Sin City, and being so hungover that they're only one strong body check away from soiling themselves, like Nick Brophy of the Hyannisport Presidents at the beginning of "Slap Shot."
That's my theory. Fleury laughed. "I like that. That sounds good," he said. "I don't know if that's part of it. But then I don't have every team's agenda." Ask the Golden Knights, and they'll agree that the Vegas Flu could very well be a factor in their team's success on home ice. Not the main factor. Not the majority of the sum total of all the factors. But certainly a factor.
"I think so, for sure," said Mack Hollins Youth jersey Nate Schmidt, Golden Knights defenseman. "You fly in. See the bright lights. Especially when you're staying near The Strip. If you stay down there, it's hard. Everywhere you walk, you see Dustin McGowan Womens Jersey it." It's an issue that hasn't gone unnoticed by visiting teams. "The problem is that there are 'last calls' in most cities. Well, there's no last call in Las Vegas," one Western Conference executive told ESPN. "You can drink. You can do whatever. It never shuts down."
Schmidt said that visiting the city for the first time can be like starring in "The Hangover": Vegas has you now... "There's just something about it. There's no windows. No doors. No clocks. Nothing. There's just pumped-in oxygen," he said. "When we go into a city, we have a routine. Get in. Put your stuff down. Change. Go to dinner. Hang out with the guys. Come back. Watch some TV. But here, there are a few more things to do. Maybe you do some little thing that just throws your clock off. It doesn't take much. And we'll take anything that throws you off of your game."
In the 1970s, there was a strain discovered in Pennsylvania called the "Philadelphia Flu" that would affect teams in town to face the Flyers. Back then, they were the Broad Street Bullies, a collection of talented thugs that could score on you and pummel your face with equal proficiency. Curiously, players would develop symptoms of the Philadelphia Flu for one night, preventing them from playing the Flyers, and then would miraculously recover their full health after the game was over.
For roughly the last three decades, another strain was found in Vancouver called the "Roxy Flu." If one were to have studied its genome, one would find a similar viral structure to that of the Vegas Flu. Centered around the Roxy club, it infected visiting players the Curtis McElhinney Authentic Jersey night before games against the Vancouver Canucks, resulting in underwhelming play and frequent defeats. (That night when Patrick Kane, John Madden and Kris Versteeg were photographed shirtless inside a limo with three local women? Roxy Flu.)
"Maybe the Roxy makes a game a bit more one-sided or slows a team down enough that they can't come into our building and steal one," Ryan Kesler, then of the Canucks, told ESPN in 2011. "I think it definitely limits reaction times, if you know what I mean." NHL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale Jerseys All Cheap NFL Jerseys USA Cheap NFL Jerseys Free Shipping NHL Jerseys Wholesale Baseball Jerseys Cheap Baseball Jerseys Wholesale
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