Vegas pulls move in middle of the night and trade Paul Stastny

While you were sleeping, things were happening in Vegas (as always)...

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The trade market does not sleep in the National Hockey League, and while the free agency one only opens in a few hours, teams across the league are still attempting to dump salary in order to sign big-ticket players as soon as the market opens. 

That’s what the Vegas Golden Knights have reportedly done in the middle of the night, and finally officially on Friday morning. According to Ken Wiebe of Sportsnet, the Knights and Winnipeg Jets have been working on a salary-dump deal that should benefit both clubs and have come to an agreement. 

Paul Stastny is reportedly on his way back to the Peg and has been dealt by the Golden Knights to the Jets. Winnipeg has been seeking a bona fide No. 2 pivot to replace the injured Bryan Little and could have found exactly what they’re missing. As for the Golden Knights, they need to shed money so they can be a player on the unrestricted free agent market and have stretched beyond the $81.5-million cap ceiling. 

This works both ways. 

In return, the Jets are giving the Golden Knights a fourth-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft and defenseman Carl Dahlstrom.

Stastny did hold a 10-team No-trade list but Winnipeg wasn't among the No teams, according to Pierre LeBrun. It looks like he is happy to return to the Peg. 

The Golden Knights still have a lot to do if they want to become a top player in the Alex Pietrangelo sweepstakes, he who will command a lot of money on the UFA market. That’s why many believe Vegas will attempt to move goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, seeing that the team signed Robin Lehner to a five-year contract earlier this week. 

Stastny has one year and $6.5 million remaining on his current contract. The Jets might remain active on the trade market as they have been looking to move Patrik Laine, though they might be hopeful that Stastny could help Laine as a legitimate centreman to get him going.