This is about the journey, and how ridiculously difficult it is, and how hard it has been for UNLV players of late to not only navigate, but reach its summit and stick in the league.
James Neal is gone because Calgary was willing to offer him a five-year deal, something Vegas believed too long a tenure for a winger who will be 31 by the time next season arrives.
With a handful of signings, Golden Knights general manager George McPhee didn’t put Vegas in a potentially regrettable situation down the line.
Zach Whitecloud is a 21-year old defenseman born in Brandon, Manitoba and raised in the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation.
Mark Davis walked onto the red carpet wearing a Knights shirt only to discover his seats were next to Vegas players Fleury and Deryk Engelland and their wives, a chance for the Raiders owner to pick the brains of two of the hockey team’s more popular players.
No matter what occurs in free agency — which big names the Knights might sign, which ones they might miss out on, which if any UFAs return to the team — general manager George McPhee will steadfastly follow analytic evaluations.
Don Logan is talking about things like slab on grade and casting and excavation and value engineering, the latter not his favorite term but a necessary ingredient to raise this 10,000-seat, $150 million structure known as Las Vegas Ballpark.
Had the winner’s card for the Jack Adams Trophy not read Gallant’s name, it would have reduced those hanging chads in Florida some years back to a minor controversy.
Raiders coach Jon Gruden wants, needs, desperately craves the image of guys in full pads hitting one another, meaning he won’t be all that enamored with any award-winning Cabernets.