The Hockey News - - The First Word -

It was pretty much guar­an­teed the new Vegas ex­pan­sion team would go with some form of “Knights” as their name, but with the Nov. 22 un­veil­ing of the Golden Knights name and logo, things got all the more real in the desert. Sure, the pre­sen­ta­tion had a bit of a glitch, and some ran­dom U.S. col­lege raised a stink about the fact they were also the Golden Knights, but the logo was a hit and only raised the level of an­tic­i­pa­tion around the new fran­chise.

Along with the name and crest, Vegas was in­jected into the news con­stantly be­cause of the June ex­pan­sion draft. The other 30 NHL fran­chises had to game-plan their ros­ter de­ci­sions around Vegas, know­ing they would lose a key player for noth­ing if they didn’t get their ducks in a row. Even the salary cap was being in­flu­enced by the Knights, since a whole team’s worth of jobs had the NHL’s players con­sid­er­ing not rais­ing the salary cap in­fla­tor, in ex­change for less es­crow. And yeah, it was pretty funny when the Knights had first-ever sign­ing Reid Duke play two-touch soccer with him­self.

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