After plenty of speculation beginning late last week, Vegas Golden Knights general manager Kelly McCrimmon confirmed on Thursday morning that Nolan Patrick will miss the entire 2022-23 season.
Patrick, 24, has had migraine issues for a number of seasons now as a result of past concussions. This will be the second season he has missed at the professional level, as he was also forced to sit out the 2019-20 campaign with the same issues. In the seasons he has played, he has still struggled to stay healthy, proven by the fact he appeared in just 25 games in 2021-22.
Patrick was acquired by the Golden Knights during the offseason from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Cody Glass. The hope was that the change of scenery would get the 2017 second overall pick’s career back on track, but that simply hasn’t been the case.
With this news, the Golden Knights will receive some cap relief, as Patrick’s $1.2 million salary will soon be placed on long-term injured reserve. The young forward is expected to continue working towards getting fully healthy, but it was reported recently from Elliotte Friedman that he may consider retiring in the near future if things don’t improve.
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