Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley covered a wide array of interesting topics in his discussion with Sports Book Radio’s Brian Blessing on Monday, including a bit of a shot at their possible future neighbors, the NFL’s Raiders.
The most important discussions revolved around how Foley expects the Golden Knights to come together … but let’s start with the spicier bulletin board material, transcribed nicely by Sin Bin Vegas.
“Our hockey team is locally owned, locally operated,” Foley said. “We are going to be the local team, the Raiders will never be the local team.”
Foley sort of waffled back and forth on the coaching issue, espousing the virtues of jumping on an opportunity for one of the big names available while also noting that even more options could potentially crop up if they wait until the end of the season.
It sounds like the Golden Knights may be cautious about how much they’d spend on any option, which might reduce their chances of going after a more established name such as Claude Julien.
Building the team, when to expect success
It’s true that the Golden Knights could hatch some deals at this very trade deadline, possibly not to take a player at the expansion draft. Foley indicated that it might be difficult to be particularly busy, however.
He believes the team could grab good defensemen and goalies, but admits that grabbing a goalie might be “tough.”
If all of this is too vague for your taste, consider these timetables laid out by Foley and GM George McPhee: playoffs in three seasons, the big one in seven.
Interesting stuff, huh? There are plenty of other tidbits to chew on in this interview, so feel free to read Blessing’s full bit with Foley.