Despite losing to the Washington Capitals, the Vegas Golden Knights free agents are in high demand and fans will be happy to know that the team managed to hold on to one of them before the opening of free agency season.
While Golden Knights general manager George McPhee also needs to focus on free agents James Neal and David Perron, he has convinced gritty forward Ryan Reaves to remain with the team.
On Saturday, NHL insider Darren Dreger revealed that, despite several discussions with rival clubs, Reaves had agreed to a two-year contract with the Golden Knights.
The New York Rangers were said to be seriously after the veteran forward with the help from one of his close friends, defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. Larry Brooks of the New York Post believed earlier this week that Reaves would be likely to double his $1.125 million cap hit from last season, however he thought the Rangers would not offering him more than a two-year deal. As for cap space and money available, the annual salary for Reaves should be an issue for New York.
A two-year deal is now what he has received from the Golden Knights, who is a third team this season for Reaves, who was moved from the Pittsburgh Penguins to Vegas at the February trade deadline. He was moved from the St. Louis Blues to the Penguins last year at the draft for a packagae that included a first-round pick.
There was chatter that the Blues were also looking to get back their former player, who was drafted by the team in the fifth round, 156th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry draft. The Vancouver Canucks, which are looking to add toughness, and the Calgary Flames were also linked with Reaves.
Reaves had four goals, six assists and 94 penalty minutes in 79 games with the Knights and Pittsburgh. He added two goals in 10 games during the postseason.
The Golden Knights are however not expected to bring back one more free agent. Defenseman Luca Sbisa, who opened last season as a top-two defenseman for the Knights but struggled to stay healthy, will not return, according to his agent.
More moves are expected tomorrow as Neal and Perron are still looking at the market. However, on Saturday evening, the Knights also announced the signing of Brandon Pirri for a one-year, $650 000 contract extension.
Other free agents have signed...
There is also Dalton Prout who was able to sign a contract, staying put with the Calgary Flames. Prout agreed to a one-year, one-way $800 000 contract with the Canadian team.
Another small deal was signed, this time in Nashville, as enforcer Zac Rinaldo, who spent last season with the Arizona Coyotes, signed a two-way contract with the Predators, getting back with former head coach Peter Laviolette.