The Vegas Golden Knights could start making some additional headlines related to various transactions starting in March, according to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun.
During Thursday night's "Insider Trading" segment on TSN, LeBrun reported the Golden Knights could start making moves in March after they complete their final payments to the NHL.
The Golden Knights entered the NHL after the League accepted their $500 million bid to be awarded an expansion franchise and become the 31st club in the NHL. Those final payments are scheduled for March 2017.
"The plan is that once they become an actual team by making that payment, that they can start making moves," LeBrun said.
Given how the club won't really begin to generate a roster until June 2017 and they do not start playing actual games until September 2017 once the 2017-18 pre-season schedule gets underway, moves involving current NHL players are not in the cards until the 2016-17 Stanley Cup Playoffs presumably conclude, the Golden Knights could move draft picks in exchange for future considerations, which could come in the form of future players.
Teams can still complete trades with other clubs after the March 1 trade deadline, but those players would be ineligible to play in the playoffs this season, so technically the Golden Knights could acquire players starting in March, but that seems highly unlikely.
Either way, Vegas GM George McPhee could be very active in a few months.