Scenario 3 – Bargain Shopping
Time for the third and final scenario.
Heading into July 1 with just under $6 million in cap space, the Golden Knights were limited in what they could do.
And, not wanting to disrupt the culture that had been cultivated inside the locker room, the front office took a minimalistic approach to free agency.
Rather than move pieces around in order to generate the cap space needed to go after a big hitter, the Golden Knights instead went bargain shopping.
With Goalie Robin Lehner opting to seek term and considerable dollars elsewhere, the Knights struck a team-friendly deal with Dallas Stars netminder Anton Khudobin to act as the backup to Marc-Andre Fleury.
Then, after a quiet day in Sin City, the Golden Knights opted to reunite two brothers after signing Michael Stone, the older brother of Mark, to a one-year $850,000 in order to add some depth to the blueline.
It was hardly a blockbuster start to Free Agency for the Golden Knights, who in this scenario decided to fill out the rest of the roster with solid role players on team-friendly contracts.
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