The Vegas Golden Knights announced the extensions of three players on the afternoon of January 30th, 2022. The first of which is Brayden McNabb. McNabb, a member of the inaugural Golden Knights team as he was selected in the expansion draft signed a three-year extension with an average annual value of $2.85 million dollars. The veteran defense has been vital to the Golden Knights’ success as a shutdown defenseman. He leads the league in blocked shots with 110 and he also has over 100 hits this season. McNabb’s contributions have helped the Golden Knights be the best team in the pacific division.
The other two signees are Mike Amadio and Logan Thompson. While not being as notable of a player as McNabb Amadio and Thompson do have the potential to be important players for the Golden Knights downline. Amadio was signed to a two-year extension with an average annual value of $762,500. Thompson was signed to a three-year contract with an average annual value of $766,667.
Mike Amadio Career Overview
Mike Amadio began his NHL career as a member of the Los Angeles Kings. The franchise selected him with the 90th overall pick in the 2014 NHL draft. He played 168 games in parts of four seasons for the Kings scoring 16 goals and 23 assists. Amadio was flipped to the Ottawa Senators on March 29th, 2021 for Christian Wolanin. Amadio lasted just five games in Ottawa. He produced just one assist during his time in Canada’s capital. At the conclusion of the 2020-21 season, Amadio became a free agent and decided to sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was unable to produce any points in his 3 games for the Maple Leafs. Toronto decided to put him on waivers and the Golden Knights decided to claim him. Since joining the Golden Knights Amadio has been an important player on the fourth line for Vegas. In 25 games he has scored four goals and three assists. Amadio has been a positive addition to the team this season and will be an important player on a team-friendly contract for the cap-strapped Golden Knights.
Logan Thompson Career Overview
Serving primarily as the AHL starter of the Henderson Silver Knights and occasional fill-in goalie for the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights as earned a new contract to keep him in the Golden Knights franchise. The undrafted 6’ 4” goalie from Calgary, Alberta has yet to break into the NHL lineup on a consistent basis but he does have a ton of potential. During the 2020-21 season, Thompson got his first taste of professional hockey. He earned a 1.96 goals-against average to go along with his .943 save percentage in 23 AHL games. He was able to get into one NHL game with Vegas making two saves in just eight minutes of playing time.
During the 2021-22 season, Thompson has played 21 AHL games earning a 2.62 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage. Thompson has got into one NHL game this season making 23 saves on 26 shots in 54 minutes of playing time. The Golden Knights know the potential that Thompson possesses and decided to keep him in the franchise for at least three more seasons. With limited cap space, the Golden Knights may try to trade current backup goalie Laurent Brossoit and his $2.325 million cap hit during the offseason. Thompson will be more than up to the task to fill the role.
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