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Vegas makes a fuss with Hertl Trade

Vegas makes a fuss with Hertl Trade

The Czech combines the elements of a scorer and a powerful striker. He can play in the middle and on the wing, but he feels more comfortable in front of the opponent's goal. The 30-year-old veteran can also be used on the power play and when outnumbered and gives Vegas more depth on offense.

The Golden Knights have a lot of quality, especially at center, with Jack Eichel, William Karlsson, Chandler Stephenson, Brett Howden, Nicholas Roy and Byron Froese. Some of these players, perhaps including Hertl, could shift to the wing.

But first, Hertl must get back into shape: he is currently recovering from knee surgery and is expected to return at the end of the regular season.

Vegas is preparing physically and hoping to make a playoff berth

At the latest, after the Hertl trade, Vegas is one of the big winners on deadline day, after all the Sharks went on to cover 17 percent of Hertl's salary, whose eight-year contract is worth more than $65.1 million (average 8.138 million annually) until 2030. In this trade, two third-round picks (2025 and 2027 draft) were also transferred to Sin City.

Vegas has previously secured the services of two-way defenseman Noah Hanifin (1.91m, 98kg, formerly Calgary Flames) and power forward Anthony Mantha (1.95m, 106kg, formerly Washington Capitals). When it comes to transfers, the Golden Knights have been as aggressive and vocal as ever. There's no doubt: Vegas is gearing up for a physical Stanley Cup playoff run, adding a lot of physicality to its roster and are one of the top favorites to win the Stanley Cup.