After compiling the most successful expansion franchise in sports history, capped off by an improbable run to the Stanley Cup Final, the 2018-19 season will be one of expectation for the Vegas Golden Knights and team general manager George McPhee. The veteran GM will be tasked with getting his team back into the Stanley Cup Playoffs next season to take another run at the Cup when experts predicted a Draft Lottery finish for the team in its first few seasons of existence.
The Golden Knights have been rumored to be interested in Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson and it’s expected that they’ll put together offers for pending free agents John Tavares and John Carlson. McPhee will also need to decide what to do with forwards James Neal and David Perron, both of whom are slated to become unrestricted free agents. William Karlsson, Colin Miller and Shea Theodore also need new deals, but as restricted free agents the team will flex some muscle during negotiations. Star goaltender Marc Andre Fleury is also eligible for a contract extension.
No matter how you look at things, McPhee has his work cut out for him. So… what’s his first move? Sign an Olympic silver medalist, of course.
McPhee and the Golden Knights announced earlier today that they’ve signed German forward Brooks Macek to a one year contract worth $650,000.
The 26 year old Macek spent the 2017-18 season with Red Bull Munchen of the German DEL scoring 26 goals and 44 points in 50 games. Originally born in Winnipeg, Manitoba Macek actually has German citizenship and was a member of the German squad that remarkably captured silver at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Macek was originally drafted in the 6th round (171st overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings, but failed to negotiate a deal with his former club. With so much up in the air right now regarding Vegas' roster, it's tough to say whether or not Macek gets a shot at playing in the NHL next season. But, as the entire team proved this past season... anything is possible.