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The Vegas Golden Knights are among the NHL teams with the most salary cap space going into free agency Custom Florida Panthers Jerseys , giving the Western Conference champions some chips to put on the table in a bid to get back to the Stanley Cup Final.Vegas had nearly $30 million to spend going into the weekend, according to spotrac.com, trailing only the New York Islanders by about $2 million. The Golden Knights seem set up for major moves if general manager George McPhee wants to bolster the second-year team with free agents.Vegas didn’t appear to have a shot at landing the top prize on the market John Tavares . But the Golden Knights may make a run at some other available veterans to help increase their chances of competing at a championship level again next season.Players such as James van Riemsdyk and Paul Stastny would fit in up front with a team that stunningly exceeded expectations during the franchise’s inaugural season. Mike Green, perhaps the best defenseman available, is another veteran that would mesh well as a puck-moving defenseman for the speedy team.However, McPhee may not want to pay a heavy price with long-term contracts to land any of the top players on the market. He may choose to re-sign his own free agents, sign goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, who has one year left on his deal, to a contract extension. He may roll with the talented players on his roster while trying to draft and develop.The Golden Knights have some free agents of their own they’ll want to bring back. James Neal, David Perron and Ryan Reaves are unrestricted free agents with a chance to cash in on their performances last season by re-signing with Vegas or leaving to take advantage of a thin crop of available players.Vegas’ key restricted free agents are: William Karlsson, Colin Miller, Shea Theodore, Tomas Nosek and Will Carrier. Keeping Karlsson, without a doubt, will be a priority.Here’s a look at some other teams positioned to make major moves:NEW YORK ISLANDERSThe Islanders had nearly $32 million in cap space the day before free agency began, giving them more money to spend than any other team in the league. They’ll need a lot of that money to retain Tavares http://www.officialhurricanes.com/authen...our-jersey , who is easily the best player potentially available. The 27-year-old star center can command an eight-year deal to stay in New York for perhaps $10 million, or more, per season.NEW YORK RANGERSThe Rangers were $27-plus million under the cap going into the weekend, but had just 13 players under contract. They will have to spend about $10 million next season to retain restricted free agents Vladislav Namestnikov, Kevin Hayes and Ryan Spooner.TORONTO MAPLE LEAFSThe franchise hopes to sign Tavares, who is from the Toronto area, to give it a second star to go along with 20-year-old Auston Matthews. Toronto will have some tough choices to make with some of its own players potentially on the unrestricted free agent market such as van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak, Tomas Plekanec and Leo Komarov. William Nylander, a restricted free agent, will be a priority to keep after consecutive 61-point seasons.VANCOUVER CANUCKSWith twin brothers Henrik and Daniel Sedin retiring after counting $7 million each against the cap last season, the Canucks had nearly $25 million in cap space going into the weekend. They’ll probably have to pay free agents more and offer longer-term contracts than other suitors because they’ve been among the worst teams in the league the last three seasons.— LOS ANGELES (AP) The goals would not come, the losses mounted and the St. Louis Blues appeared trapped in a spiral.They desperately needed something to turn their season – and playoff hopes – around. They might have found just that in a 7-2 demolishing of the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.”It took a toll on them, not scoring,” Blues goalie Jake Allen said. ”We needed one of those games. I don’t know when the last time was we had a game like that.”St. Louis, which had lost nine of its last 10 and averaged just 1.4 goals per game in that stretch Scott Darling Jersey , picked up goals from seven players to hand the Kings their worst loss of the season.The five-goal margin matched the Blues’ biggest victories of the season.Robert Bortuzzo, Colton Parayko, Alex Pietrangelo, Ivan Barbashev, Vladimir Tarasenko, Kyle Brodziak and Jaden Schwartz scored for the Blues. Allen made 40 saves.”We needed a win,” Blues coach Mike Yeo said. ”Obviously, when you can score some goals, what you hope is that some guys can build some confidence off that and carry a little momentum into our next one.”The loss left Los Angeles one point back of Colorado for the second Western Conference wild card, and two points ahead of St. Louis. The Kings had not lost by more than four goals all season.”Our fight on the puck was not at a playoff level if you expect to win this time of year,” Kings coach John Stevens said. ”It’s a little concerning. It’s tough hockey this time of year. You see it every night.”Drew Doughty and Dustin Brown scored for the Kings. Jonathan Quick made 29 saves before he was pulled after the second period, Los Angeles already down 4-1. Jack Campbell stopped 14 of 17 shots in the third.”We got what we deserved,” the Kings’ Dion Phaneuf said. ”When you get beat like this, you take it. You stand and look at it, and then you move forward.”St. Louis’ first three goals were scored by defensemen.”Your defense scores goals if your forwards are doing things the right way,” Yeo said. ”We played a really strong game today and it gave us a chance.”The Blues jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals from Bortuzzo and Parayko.The Kings briefly appeared as though they would make it a game when Doughty redirected Anze Kopitar’s pass by Allen Youth Sebastian Aho Jersey , but St. Louis answered with goals off turnovers from Pietrangelo and Barbashev to end the period.”We gift-wrapped it for them,” Stevens said.Stevens changed goalies to start the third, a rare move with someone of Quick’s caliber.But the Blues greeted Campbell with goals from Brodziak and Schwartz within the first minute of the third period, and the rout was on.”We couldn’t check a hat tonight,” Stevens said.Despite the results from the previous 10 games, Yeo said he sensed a big game coming.”I felt good about today’s game,” Yeo said. ”The way we approached yesterday, the focus I saw in our players, I had a good feeling.”Yeo reunited Brayden Schenn, Tarasenko and Schwartz on the first line, a trio that started the season on a tear but hadn’t played together since December.NOTES: Stevens removed F Alex Iafallo from the first line in the second period to the third line. ”You can make your own conclusions on that one,” Stevens said. … Schwartz had two assists to go with his 20th goal. … Brown’s goal with 15 seconds left gave him 20 for the first time since the 2011-12 season.UP NEXTBlues: Remain in Southern California to visit Anaheim on Monday.Kings: Complete a four-game homestand Monday against Vancouver.—
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