Without a contract in place and very limited dialogue between his agent and the Vegas Golden Knights, defenseman Nicolas Hague is contemplating skipping training camp, which is set to begin on Sept. 21.
According to Fox 5 Las Vegas reporter Vince Sapienza, the 23-year-old’s camp is growing concerned with the lack of communication in regards to getting a new deal done. Sapienza mentioned that there has been little dialogue between the two parties since early July, making it appear that a contract being put in place between now and training camp doesn’t seem all that likely.
Hague, 23, was taken in the second round (34th overall) by the Golden Knights in the 2017 draft and has slowly been developing his way into an everyday NHL player. He took several positive strides in the right direction last season, averaging a career-high 18:40 in ice time over his 52 games, during which time he scored four goals and 14 points. He has played a total of 142 career NHL games, registering 10 goals and 42 points along with 101 penalty minutes.
Given the improvement Hague has shown since turning pro in 2018-19, one would think that locking him up on a new deal would be a no-brainer for the Golden Knights management group. However, clearly the two sides are a ways apart in contract talks, something that the young defenseman seems to be growing upset with. The hope is that a new deal will be in place before training camp, but this feels like it has potential to drag out for some time.
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