While there has been plenty of trade speculation with Wednesday’s roster freeze fast approaching, don’t expect the Golden Knights to be making any moves in the immediate future. In an interview with David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, GM George McPhee indicated that they’re not actively pursuing deals and are hoping that internal growth helps propel them as they look to hold onto a playoff spot in the West:
“We like our team as is. When we’re healthy, we’re a good team. So, it’s not as if we’re actively looking for anything. We’d like to have all of our growth come internally. Whether it’s a Tuch or a Lindberg or whoever – some of the young defensemen – you’d like to see growth in their play, and that’s where we hope it comes from.”
It’s understandable that McPhee feels that way. The core from their run to the Stanley Cup Final last season is largely intact and between injuries and an early-season suspension to defenseman Nate Schmidt, they’ve yet to have their full lineup intact once.