Do Ducks have deal with Golden Knights to keep from losing Sami Vatanen and Josh Manson in expansion draft? – Orange County Register

LAS VEGAS – The date of June 24, 2016 will always be a memorable one in this glitzy oasis in the desert, when the Vegas Golden Knights officially came into existence and Las Vegas truly joined the big leagues.

No longer would pro sports in this town just be about betting on them. Something shiny and new was going to capture far more attention than the local triple-A baseball franchise. Something other than boxing matches to capture the sporting fancy out of the millions that visit the adult playland.

That is what NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is wagering, with Vegas owner Bill Foley placing his $500 million bet on the table. Now June 21, 2017 will hold its own significance as it becomes the date when the Golden Knights form the bulk of their inaugural team.

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