The original plan has been scratched in Vegas, as the Golden Knights are currently sitting first in the Western Conference with 56 points. With the success of the expansion team in their inaugural season, the Knights are not going to sellers at the upcoming trade deadline.
Now the plan is to land some top scorers for the playoff push.
In his latest 31 thoughts, NHL insider Elliotte Friedman lists Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty, Buffalo Sabres left wing Evander Kane and Ottawa Senators winger Mike Hoffman as targets to land in Vegas post-trade deadline.
One thing that seems clear is that Vegas is planning a major move. Imagine if they can pull off what no one thought possible and make it to the Cup finals!?
While the respective remaining contract term of Pacioretty, Kane and Hoffman might affect their trade value and Vegas' decision, the Golden Knights will be a team to watch out for at the trade deadline, and the following months after that!