Mark Scheig covers the Blue Jackets and the OHL for The Hockey Writers dot com and Zachary DeVine, who writes for Dobber Prospects and The Hockey Prophets join us fresh from the NHL Combine for our Third Annual Mock Draft!
On the latest episode of the Vegas Hockey Podcast , Chad, Lead Sabres contributor at the Hockey Writers and Host of the Beyond the Blade Sabres Podcast, jumps in the box to talk about the Buffalo Sabres up and down season. We talk about
Robin Lehner: Is he the right netminder for the Sabres
Is there hope for the playoffs?
Buyers or sellers at the trade deadline?
Who might be exposed for the Golden Knights in the expansion draft.
The Sabres top 4 defense men. Area of concern or needs improvement?
Also, in Dana Lane’s weekly segment, “The Vegas Lane”, he breaks down all the Las Vegas hockey news, including:
The UNLV Rebels back to back losses against NAU.
How these losses might affect the post season seedlings.
What’s on tap for the end of the regular season?
Coaching options piling up for the Vegas Golden Knights.
VGK mock expansion drafts.
Possible involvement in the trade deadline?
Lots to dig into in this episode of the podcast, so dig in and enjoy!
Growing up in Russian household, hockey’s always been in my blood. I grew up with stories of Vladislav Tretiak and the Olympics. Valeri Kharlamov and the Sumit Series. I was raised to be a hockey fan. I came to the Bay Area when I was about 10 years old and quickly became a diehard fan of the San Jose Sharks.Then, when I was 12, my mother took me on vacation to Las Vegas.
I loved everything about the city. The sights, the sounds, the shows, the Bellagio fountains, how the whole city lit up like miles and miles of fire. I loved the pools at the Golden Nugget and I loved the moving statues at Caesar’s Palace. But something was missing. Why doesn’t Las Vegas have a hockey team? I thought. This city is meant to entertain, and what’s more entertaining than a group of men with knives strapped to their feet chasing a small rubber disc? Sure, Vegas may not seem like the typical hockey market. But look at California. Until Gretzky was traded to the Kings, the state didn’t know the difference between a blue line and a clothesline.
So what could a 12-year-old girl do? Call the NHL front office and be on hold for hours? I tried starting a petition and got about 5 signatures, 2 being my parents. There was nothing I could do…except wait. I first heard the news back in 2011 that there was a possibility of expanding to Las Vegas. Was this it? Were my years of waiting finally over? Names like Bill Foley and George Maloof were thrown around. I knew they were wealthy enough guys. But how much power did they have to bring the NHL to Vegas?
And, finally, on June 22, 2016…it happened. Las Vegas got a hockey team. After 12 years of waiting….it’s finally happened. And I couldn’t be more excited.
In this episode of the podcast, we welcome George McPhee into the box, the first General Manager for the new Las Vegas NHL franchise.
We talk about:
* Where he is at building his staff
* The importance of the expansion draft vs. the amateur draft
* His time playing for Herb Brooks and working with Pat Quinn
* His thoughts on the state of the Islanders
Plus a whole lot more. Don’t miss this episode of the Vegas Hockey Podcast!
Speaking exclusively to the Vegas Hockey Podcast, McPhee said he would start adding to his staff by the end of this coming week.
“I talked to a lot of people this past week, and I expect some things will come to a head this week.” McPhee told us, “We’ve had a lot of conversations for the first round of what we want to do, and next week we have to start signing a few of them up.”
One of those conversations may have been between Las Vegas and Washington Capitals Assistant GM Ross Mahoney. As reported by Elliote Friedman, the new team has asked for permission to speak with him.
Both LV/WASH in cone of silence, but word is LV asked for permission to speak to WASH AGM Ross Mahoney. Not certain yet if Caps have agreed.
With the upcoming junior tournaments showcasing the top players available in next year’s entry draft, McPhee looks at putting the right people into the scouting department as the biggest challenge he faces. “That process, I’d like it all done now,” McPhee said, “I know what I want, and I know what I’d like to do, but it takes time to go through this process.”
While the full contingent of Pro and Amateur Scouts for the newly minted NHL franchise won’t be in place for some time, the first round of hirings will begin later this week.
Look for our full conversation with George McPhee on iTunes, Soundcloud and TheHockeyWriters.com