It has been a busy summer for the Vegas Golden Knights, who needed to hand out several contract extensions and make a decision on other free agents ahead of the new season. William Karlsson got a contract. Colin Miller got a contract. William Carrier, Tomas Nosek and Ryan Reaves got contracts. It seems like everybody got a deal... expect for restricted free agent Shea Theodore, who remains unsigned less than three weeks from the start of training camp on Sept. 13.
On Wednesday, the Golden Knights were caught adding more heat to the situation, which is inching toward the danger zone for a possible holdout by the 23-year-old defenseman.
As part of the sweet looking upgrades to City National Arena, the scoreboard where the Golden Knights normally practice on got a massive remodel, and it seems to be sending the fan base a harsh message. According to team insider Ken Boehlke of Sin Bin, the image of the left of the scoreboard, one of Theodore, has been removed.
Just 15 days from the opening of training camp, Theodore is still waiting for a contract and could miss the start of training camp if an agreement has not been reached before the 13th of September.
Still according to Boehlke, "the team, however, says Theodore’s contract and the removal of the photo from the scoreboard are not related."
We were testing out different design treatments with the backlit signage. We wanted to show more of our primary home jersey in the left panel. We have the ability to change those out if we want to throughout the year. There are still more plans that are under construction that will be fully revealed at the start of training camp -Golden Knights team representative
“We’ll hopefully have Shea under contract soon, and we’ll see how that goes over the next few weeks,” general manager George McPhee said Aug. 8 in an interview on Fox 1340 AM. “He’s in a unique position in that he doesn’t have arbitration rights. … So, this might be a little bit different. It might take a little longer, but it’s something that certainly he would like to have done and we’d like to have done.”
In 61 games last season, Theodore posted six goals and 29 points and was second on the Knights in average ice time (20:21).