January 13, 2021, Mark Stone appointed as captain The Las Vegas Golden Cavaliers, hockey’s most exciting team. You may be wondering why I started this story like a fairy tale, but if I tell you that the Golden Cavaliers will be able to get one of the best two-way forwards in the game, if not, then you will think it is just: a fairy tale.
However, this is not a fairy tale anyway. Has Stone come to the Golden Knights? Yes. Does he perform? Oh, not bad. How did he get here? Well, this is a good question, and it deserves a short article to explain it. Therefore, without further ado, let us revisit the deal that brought our own captain to Sin City.
Divorced from Ottawa Senator
With almost one and a half years away from reaching the Stanley Cup final in 2017, the senators are looking to rebuild and unload some of their star players, including Ottawa’s determined Stone.Manitoba native Loved in the Canadian capital, Because he quickly became the club’s offensive leader.
When the senators made it clear that they were rebuilding, many alluded to the fact that Stone would stay and introduce this youth to Ottawa. Many people think he will be awarded the captain for this. Alas, this is not the case, because owner Eugene Melnick thinks he can get a good return for his star forward and build his team for the future.
At the 2019 deal deadline, the Golden Knights management reached a major deal demonstrating that they are serious about competition and acquired Stone to help legitimize the Golden Knights lineup. He is one of the best two-way forwards in the league, so his acquisition at the time was a huge deal.
In trade, Senator PassionAnd Tobias Lindbergh to the Golden Cavaliers in exchange for Oscar Lindbergh, Eric Branstrom and a 2020 second-round pick. When I checked it, it was clear that the Golden Cavaliers were already among the best. After landing in Vegas, the team immediately locked him in a lucrative eight-year contract, adding more salt to the wound. He is in Vegas now, he wants to stay here.
Golden Knight’s return on investment
If we have to personify the Golden Knights as investors, they will be Warren Buffett (or at least Redario). The return on investment of this transaction is excellent.Stone not only became the captain of this team, he also delivered Two regular seasons with 60 points or more, And scored 37 points in 46 playoff games.
Just like him in Ottawa, he is also very popular in Vegas, mainly because of his gritty playing style and his intensity. This also helped him to be one of the most dynamic and skilled players in the entire Western Conference, which helped Las Vegas seek the presidential trophy. Overall, Stone’s years in Sin City have been spectacular.
Senator’s return on investment
Brannstrom is the most famous person to join the senator in the transaction. The Swede was selected by Vegas in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft and is expected to become the main defensive force of the Golden Knights in the future.
On the contrary, general manager Pierre Dorion believes that Brannstrom is the exact part he needs to rebuild Senators, and so far, Brannstrom has proven to be a good pickup. In the two seasons playing for the team, he scored 17 points in 63 games and is known for his outstanding defensive performance. Last season can be said to be the best season so far in his short NHL career. Because he scored 13 points in 30 games And there is a 3 plus/minus rating, which is good considering that the senator is not that good.
As for Lindbergh, he will continue to play part of the season with the Senators and then go to the Swiss League in the offseason. With the second round pick of the 2020 draft, the senators decided to choose Egor Sokolov. The burly Russian winger succeeded in the AHL’s Senator Belleville, as he scored 25 points in 35 games in his career.
In general, for the senators, the harvest this time is not so bad, because their two works will definitely become key contributors in the future.
Who won the trade?
I think it’s hard to refute the fact that the Golden Cavaliers are absolutely among the best in this deal. As I said before, it’s too early to tell what Brannstrom and Sokolov will do in their NHL careers, but for now, the jury has voted and Stone has surpassed them by a mile (this is OK Expected).
Only time will tell if this deal will eventually apply to the Senators, but one thing I can be sure of is that Las Vegas fans are happy to have a player as good as Stone on the roster.
Who do you think won the deal? Let me know in the comments below!
Michael Vidakis is a Montreal native who writes for the Vegas Golden Knights team at The Hockey Writers. In his spare time, he likes the good things in life, such as Jean-Claude Van Damme’s movies, staring aimlessly out the window and oranges.