Throughout an look on KSHP Radio Las Vegas’ Vegas Hockey Hotline, Golden Knights proprietor Invoice Foley dropped a bombshell.
When requested about his staff dealing with Nate Schmidt, who was simply traded to fellow Pacific Division squad, the Canucks, Foley responded: “Yeah, however they’ll be taking part in within the Canadian division.”
Come once more?
“I believe they’ll play a Canadian division,” he added when pressed on it. “I do not suppose they’ll cross the border.”
It is lengthy been rumoured this might occur. The USA-Canada border has been closed to non-essential journey for months and on Wednesday morning, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged he is not planning on altering that any time quickly.
“We have now dedicated to preserving Canadians secure and we maintain extending the border closures as a result of the States is just not in a spot the place we might really feel snug reopening these borders,” he stated in an interview with a Winnipeg radio station.
“We are going to proceed to ensure that Canadian security is high of thoughts once we transfer ahead. We see the instances in the USA and elsewhere world wide, and we have to proceed to maintain these border controls in place.”
Again on Oct. 6, the NHL and the NHLPA collectively introduced a goal date of Jan. 1, 2021, for the following season. Whereas it is a date circled on the calendar within the league’s workplace, it is in pencil and never ink. Foley does not see it occurring that quickly and thinks a Feb. 1 begin date is extra rational — however one which should finish by June 30 as a result of NHL’s broadcasting rights with NBC who additionally airs the Olympics.
“If we play 56 video games in 4 months, that is quite a lot of video games,” he stated relating to it most likely being truncated season. “There’s not going to be a break. There’s going to be quite a lot of back-to-backs. In concept, we will play 4 video games every week to get this season performed. Perhaps much more — 5 video games every week.”
That is why, regardless of the staff’s wage cap points, he made it some extent that the Golden Knights maintain each Marc-Andre Fleury and Robin Lehner between the pipes. With the addition of Alex Pietrangelo this week, Vegas is above the wage cap and might want to shave wage to be compliant by the beginning of the season — which, to circle again, was the primary driving drive behind the transport of Schmidt to the Canucks.
Whatever the begin date and the variety of video games, his hope is that followers will get to see this squad in particular person.
“If we’re not taking part in in entrance of followers I do not know the way quite a lot of groups could make it, together with us. It should be very troublesome. You must make a severe monetary dedication to fund the staff for those who’re not taking part in in entrance of followers,” he stated. “I imagine Gary Bettman’s not going to be having us fly throughout if taking part in in empty arenas. There’s going to be one other plan and we’ll see.”
And if there are followers, Foley has a prediction on how issues will prove: “If we play in entrance of followers, I do not suppose we will be stopped. I believe we’re successful.”