Con­tracts of two in­jured play­ers pro­vide cap re­lief

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - NHL - By Steve Carp Con­tact Steve Carp at scarp@ re­viewjour­nal.com or 702-387-2913. Fol­low @steve­carprj on Twit­ter.

To no one’s sur­prise, the NHL ca­reers of Mikhail Grabovski and David Clark­son ap­pear to be over. As a re­sult, the Golden Knights will have a lit­tle over $10 mil­lion in ad­di­tional salary cap space for the up­com­ing sea­son.

The two NHL vet­er­ans for­wards have not been on the ice the first two days of prac­tice at City Na­tional Arena. Grabovski, 33, ac­quired from the New York Is­lan­ders in the ex­pan­sion draft, has been deal­ing with con­cus­sion is­sues for nearly two years and did not play last sea­son.

Clark­son, 33, ac­quired from the Colum­bus Blue Jack­ets the night of the ex­pan­sion draft, has been plagued with lower-back prob­lems for the past few sea­sons. Like Grabovski, he didn’t play all of last sea­son.

Grabovski had one sea­son left on his con­tract at $5 mil­lion. Clark­son has three years left at $5.25 mil­lion. The Knights are ob­li­gated to pay both play­ers.

How­ever, their salaries will not count against the team’s cap, which ac­cord­ing to CapFriendly.com cur­rently stands at $69,375,832. Deduct the $10.25 mil­lion, and it puts the Knights un­der $60 mil­lion. The NHL salary camp max­i­mum for the up­com­ing sea­son is $75 mil­lion. Teams must spend a min­i­mum of $55.4 mil­lion.

The team an­nounced it will have a clar­i­fi­ca­tion re­gard­ing both play­ers’ sta­tus Mon­day.

Duke in­jury up­date

Reid Duke missed his se­cond day of train­ing camp, and the team isn’t sure when 21-year-old rookie cen­ter will be back.

Duke, who played in both rookie scrim­mages against Los An­ge­les last week, was ex­am­ined by team doc­tors in Las Ve­gas on Thurs­day and has not been on the ice since. An up­date is ex­pected Mon­day.

Rocky’s run winds down

Rocky Thomp­son, who will coach the Knights’ Amer­i­can Hockey League af­fil­i­ate in Chicago, is wind­ing up his time with the Knights this week­end.

Thomp­son and his staff ran the team’s in­au­gu­ral rookie camp which saw the Knights split a pair of scrim­mages with the Kings. He’ll be head­ing back to Chicago early next week to get ready for the Wolves’ train­ing camp on Sept. 24, when he ex­pects to see some fa­mil­iar faces once the Knights start mak­ing their cuts.

“It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence for me,” Thomp­son said. “It’s a great or­ga­ni­za­tion to work for, and our play­ers worked re­ally hard and gave me every­thing they had.”

Gen­eral man­ager George McPhee was pleased with Thomp­son.

“He did a real nice job,” McPhee said. “He in­ter­viewed re­ally well with us be­fore he got the job, and I like the way he talked to our play­ers and pointed out things that needed to be pointed out.”

The Wolves open Oct. 6 at the Texas Stars, the same night the Knights open their in­au­gu­ral NHL sea­son in Dal­las.

Jer­seys on sale

The new Adi­das Golden Knights jer­seys are fi­nally avail­able. They can be pur­chased at The Ar­mory, the team’s store at T-Mo­bile Arena.

Start­ing Mon­day, they can also be pur­chased at The Ar­se­nal, which will be the team’s store at its City Na­tional Arena prac­tice fa­cil­ity. The Ar­se­nal has its grand open­ing sched­uled for 10 a.m. that day.

The au­then­tic game jer­seys, which re­tail for $215 with­out num­bers or names, also can be pur­chased on­line at ve­g­asteam­store.com. The replica jer­seys, which will be pro­duced by Fa­nat­ics, have yet to be re­leased.

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