Golden Knights shift Stone to LTIR, gain ample cap space

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Late Monday night, the Vegas Golden Knights chose to place forward Mark Stone, who recently underwent back surgery, on long-term injured reserve (LTIR).

While it isn’t surprising to see Stone go on LTIR, the Golden Knights captain, given that he is expected to miss a significant amount of time, the timing of the move has prompted plenty of speculation. With the trade deadline just weeks away, many believe that this move, which opens up $9.5 million in cap space, will result in Kelly McCrimmon going after one of the top available rental players.

The main player being linked to the Golden Knights at this time is Patrick Kane, who is said to also have interest from a divisional opponent in the Edmonton Oilers. The 34-year-old is having a down year with 41 points in 52 games, but had 92 just a season prior. It seems reasonable to suggest that if moved to a contender, he will be rejuvenated and could very well prove to be the biggest pickup of the trade deadline.

Another top name on the market who has been linked to the Golden Knights is Timo Meier. The 26-year-old appears unlikely to sign an extension with the San Jose Sharks, making him arguably the most intriguing name available at this time. He is having himself a fantastic season with 31 goals and 52 points through 57 games, and would make a great fit with the Golden Knights. Whether the rival Sharks are willing to send him to Vegas, however, remains to be seen.

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