Saturday, August 04, 2018

Golden Knights Re-Sign Wild Bill



It was getting billed as one of the more intriguing arbitration hearings to possibly happen in this off-season, but just before the hearing was about to take place, both the Vegas Golden Knights and forward William Karlsson agreed to terms on a 1-year deal, which would see the budding star pull a $5.25 million cap hit.

The two sides were pretty far apart, heading into the hearing, about $3 million between the two, but they were able to lean towards the player's ask in the final number, as his scoring totals were just that good.

The 25-year old played in all 82 regular season games for the Golden Knights in their inaugural season and led the team in hockey pool scoring, finishing with 43 goals and 78 points.  That was a huge jump from his last year in Columbus, where he had 25 points in 81 games.  Karlsson was ranked 23rd among all forwards in pool scoring and could potentially be a really high pick in this year's hockey pool draft with those sort of numbers.

We haven't seen a great deal out of the Golden Knights in this off-season, but what we have seen has been some retooling of a team that was able to make it to the Stanley Cup Finals right off the hop.  It will only be a matter of time before we find out if they were all the right moves.

The Golden Knights still have to come to terms with restricted free agent defenseman Shea Theodore, but the team has all kinds of cap space to work with. They currently have 24 bodies on their projected roster, including the injured David Clarkson, but still have $10.7 million cap space.
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