Vegas and all-in in the same sentence - it only makes sense. ESPN's Matthew Collier suggests Vegas Golden Knights George McPhee could face the choice between scuttling his club’s playoff chances by trading some of his top unrestricted free agents like James Neal, David Perron and Jonathan Marchessault to build a strong future or making a huge sacrifice for a shot at a playoff run.
What if the Knights were to go all-in and chased possible rental players such as Buffalo Sabres' Evander Kane or perhaps Vancouver Canucks' Sedin Twins.
Gasp. We are talking blockbuster moves here. Vegas also has the cap room to take on a player signed beyond this season, such as Sabres' Ryan O’Reilly or Florida Panthers' Keith Yandle.
Or what about taking a huge run at potential 2019 UFAs such as Ottawa Senators' Erik Karlsson or Arizona Coyotes' Oliver Ekman-Larsson.
If not, McPhee could just stay the course and continue to build a strong future in Vegas by moving his pending free agents and fetching top prospects and high draft picks. These are things he could lose if the Knights head to the playoff, but get eliminated in the first round.
“If the Golden Knights added two more first-round picks to the bundle of draft assets they already hold, McPhee’s team would be more likely to land the superstar-level talent required to compete for the Cup.”
Would you go all-in if you were McPhee?