NHL sets pre-expansion draft transaction rules for Vegas

Earlier today the NHL certified the $500-milllion payment made by the Vegas Golden Knights ownership group and officially announced them as a the league’s 31st franchise.

With this major step in the process out of the way, the Golden Knights can begin construction of their roster prior to the June 21 expansion draft.

Here are the guidelines from the NHL as to what they can and can’t do. If you glaze over at the sight of legalese, we’ll highlight a few main points.

Bona Fide Transactions: Effective today, Vegas may now enter into Trades and Waiver Transactions or sign Players to NHL SPCs in accordance with CBA Section 50.8(d) or a Player Transfer Agreement (a “bona fide transaction”). Any bona fide transactions involving current Players must specify the identity of each and every such Player(s) at the time the transaction is entered into.

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Vegas Golden Knights trademark denied: Report

There was one big thing the new Las Vegas franchise didn’t do before having their  unveiling gala – make sure their trademark was approved.


Mary Clarke of SBNation was the first to report Black Knight Sports & Entertainment (the holding company for the Vegas Golden Knights) had their application for a trademark denied.

The issue the government had with it is the similarity it drew to the logo of the College of Saint Rose. Clarke summarized the 164 page document from the US Patent Office as ‘essentially, the logos and stylizations are too similar.’

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Tour T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas: A Photo Blog

LAS VEGAS — T-Mobile Arena sits on the Las Vegas strip surrounded by hotels. For now it’s hosting special events like WWE this past weekend, MMA fights, concerts and is on the verge of getting a brand new tennant.

Since we’re in town for the NHL Awards, we figured we’d take the opportunity to check out the brand new arena. We walked skeptical and walked away absolutely stunned – in a good way – and down right jealous of the new digs in Vegas.

Our tour guide was Director of Event Marketing and Communications for T-Mobile Arena Gina Rotolo. Whenever we brought up hockey, she coyly mentioned, “As of right now, we don’t have a team.”

Here’s a couple photo collages of the many, many picture we took of the inside of the area. We’ll point out some of what we learned and what everything is.

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