When the Vegas Golden Knights selected both James Neal and David Perron in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft it was a no brainer. The expansion team looked deep on defense and in goal, but they had a dire need for goal scoring. Both Neal and Perron provide that in spades, but their contract situations also benefit the new club. Both players are set to hit unrestricted free-agency this summer and, barring an extension with Vegas, expect both players to fetch a good return for the team in advance of the February 26th trade deadline.
But, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, McPhee is in no rush to make a move, despite receiving offers almost daily. On yesterday’s instalment of Insider Trading, McKenzie broke down all the latest on Neal and Perron, saying:
“George McPhee is most certainly getting a lot calls about two scoring wingers who are both pending unrestricted free-agents. That would be of course James Neal and David Perron. The fact that so many teams are looking for scoring help right now mean that McPhee’s phone has been ringing off the hook…"
Looking for scoring? There are two prime candidates right there. But McKenzie admitted that he doesn’t a deal to go down anytime soon. “At this point in time, unless somebody absolutely blows his socks off, it’s not likely to happen.” When asked about a possible extension for either player, McKenzie reports that neither side has begun negotiations with Vegas management.
So, will they stay or will they go? If they go at the deadline does their price increase or decrease between now and then? It’s a tricky decision for the NHL’s 31st franchise. Do they play the long game? Or do they maximize on the value of their assets right now?