There are some stories in sports that you just can’t replicate, that exist in their own pocket of historic glory, the characters involved having just one chance to get it right. With the first half of the 2017-18 campaign in the books, the Vegas Golden Knights are marching towards one such story, currently sitting atop the Western Conference with 61 points to their name. Vegas has already trampled on the inaugural season records of every other NHL club — that’s old news at this point. Now the expansion franchise has the hockey community turning to an even more astounding reality — that Vegas might just be a legitimate Stanley Cup contender. General manager George McPhee and head coach Gerard Gallant sat down with Sportsnet’s David Amber to discuss their club’s whirlwind season. While the league’s other 30 general managers have been waiting for McPhee to pull the trigger on the trade deadline strategy many originally predicted Vegas would take — acquire assets, build up their value, and then sell them off — the long-time NHL executive said he’s in no rush to make moves given his team’s success. “Our plan coming into the season was real simple,” McPhee said. “If we’re in the hunt, we’re going to stay in the hunt. If we’re not in the hunt then we’ll do what teams do when they’re not in the hunt. We’re going to do everything we can to stay in the hunt, and we’ll see where we are in a couple of months.” The Golden Knights have run rampant through the league since Game 1 of the season, thriving due to their win-by-committee attitude. Though they have the second-best record in the league, they have only one player ranking among the game’s top 30 scorers.
McPhee, Gallant not caught up in Cup dreams despite Vegas’ rise
Sportsnet | Jan 14