There has been a lot going on for the Vegas Golden Knights this offseason.
This past week in the National Hockey League, there were 44 restricted free agents to officially file for salary arbitration. According to NBC Sports, the Golden Knights and forward William Karlsson have become one of the most difficult and complex contract situations out of the entire restricted free agents group. However, they also had to focus on defenseman Colin Miller.
And finally, this one is in the books.
On Saturday, the Golden Knights announced that the team has signed Miller to a four-year contract through the 2021 -22 season worth an average annual value of $3.875 million, therefore avoiding arbitration.
The 25-year-old led all defensemen on the Golden Knights roster and turned in a career-high of 41 points (10 G, 31 A) including five goals and 17 points on the power play to go with 53 penalty minutes during the 2017-18 regular season. He tacked on seven more points (3 G, 4 A) during the 2017-18 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
So far in his young career, Miller has recorded a total of 70 points (19 G, 51 A) to go with 147 penalty minutes in 185 career games over the course of three seasons with the Golden Knights and Boston Bruins.
Miller was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights during the 2017 Expansion Draft on June 21 from the Bruins.
The Golden Knights can now focus most of their attention towards Karlsson. His recent performances justify a significant pay raise over the $1 million salary he made the past two years, however it remains to be seen how committed Vegas will be with one of their best players.
Vegas is also continuously involved in the Erik Karlsson sweepstakes and it has been a frustrating process for the Golden Knights, who have been working hard - since the past trade deadline - to bring the Ottawa Senators captain to Sin City. According to David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period, GM George McPhee is getting upset with Pierre Dorion's attitude...
"Knights GM George McPhee has been tremendously frustrated with the back-and-forth negotiations with the Sens, multiple sources have told us. Again, Dorion’s job is to do what’s best for his team and if he doesn’t feel the right deal is there, he won’t make the move. It doesn’t mean the Knights can’t be irritated," we can read this morning on The Fourth Period webpage.
At least, McPhee doesn't have to worry about Miller anymore.