It still feels a little surreal that there’s really going to be an NHL team in Las Vegas, but Bill Foley & Co. continue to hit some significant milestones.
They’ve already put together a big chunk of their front office, bringing in experienced executives including GM George McPhee.
Of course, money talks, and they’ve been showing promise in that area as well. The [Blank] Knights have already sold out the 16,000 season tickets made available, as the team announced.
“This is a truly historic event for the Las Vegas community, the NHL and all of our fans,” Owner Bill Foley said. “I would like to thank everyone who has supported and continues to support our efforts to make the Las Vegas NHL franchise a success.”
Well, they still have a ways to go to be an on-ice success, but it’s tough to beat up Foley too much for tooting his horn here.
So far, so very good for the NHL in Sin City.
Aside: did the headline get this song in your head?
Video: McDavid to Matthews goal is as great as you’d expect
Team North America GM Peter Chiarelli would only say he’s day-to-day during Sportsnet’s second intermission of tonight’s game against Russia.
Tough news for North America and the Florida Panthers: Aaron Eklbad cannot play against Russia because of an upper-body injury.
North America at least has a nice option in reserve, as Jacob Trouba takes Ekblad’s place.
The belief (according to onlookers including Postmedia’s Michael Traikos) is that Ekblad was injured thanks to a Leo Komarov hit. You can actually see the moment of contact in the photo above, as Ekblad is almost lost in the mass of humanity.
Stephanie “My Regular Face” also has the GIF of the hit that may have hurt Ekblad:
You know how Team USA kept throwing the phrase “must-win” around regarding Tuesday’s game against Canada? Now that’s literally true.
The Americans weren’t active on Monday, yet it feels like a loss. That’s the nature of round-robin tournaments, at least when you don’t “control your own destiny” after stumbling.
Team Europe grabbed two standings points by winning, and worse yet, the Czech Republic rode Petr Mrazek‘s (mostly) fantastic work to at least get to overtime. They got a crucial “charity point” – to use NHL regular season parlance – and now the U.S. has to beat Canada or they’re out of the World Cup.
Mrazek produced some fantastic work at times, including generating one of the saves of the tournament: