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Golden Knights’ Bill Foley talks Premier League and NHL salary cap


Bill Foley stands by his proclamation.

The Golden Knights owner declared “Six cut” before his team played a game. It’s now the sixth season, and he’s not backing down. Foley sees a team that’s deep in the center, has one of the best blue lines in the NHL and emerging goaltenders in Logan Thompson and Adin Hill.

In a broad interview Thursday at his Fidelity National Financial office, Foley saw no reason to change course.

“I can’t guarantee it,” he said. “I’m not going to be Joe Namath and guarantee we’ll get it. But I stand by my statement.

Season 6 is different for Foley and the Knights.

Bruce Cassidy replaced Pete DeBoer as coach. Thompson took over in goal as goaltender Robin Lehner is out for the season after undergoing double hip surgery. The Knights also stylized the “Golden Age” season, in part because their gold jerseys replaced their gray jerseys as their primary home uniform.

The team has also updated their game presentation and are filming sketches to show fans, such as one with center William Karlsson and left winger Jonathan Marchessault bickering during a car ride with Foley.

“We just thought it was time for a refresh,” Foley said. “Let’s go back and be the Golden Misfits again instead of just being this maturing team. Let’s be a little dumber and have more fun.

The Knights also have a different team on the ice. Forwards Max Pacioretty and Evgenii Dadonov and defender Dylan Coghlan were traded. Fan favorites Nate Schmidt, Ryan Reaves and Marc-Andre Fleury left in previous offseasons.

The Knights stopped more players from leaving. Original members Reilly Smith and Brayden McNabb have signed three-year extensions since January. Defender Zach Whitecloud signed a six-year contract last October. Four young players – Thompson, defender Nic Hague and forwards Nicolas Roy and Keegan Kolesar – have been handed three-year contracts in the past 10 months.

“My goal was to not let these guys get away from us,” Foley said. “Let’s focus on signing those key guys to longer term deals so that we have them for the foreseeable future, we have that core of players. On the contrary, we were perhaps too aggressive in certain trades. We have people who have come and gone. We have a slightly different point of view at the moment. »

The Knights’ goal of roster stability looks realistic after defenseman Alex Pietrangelo and center Jack Eichel were capped for years. Commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday at the NHL Board of Governors meeting in New York that the cap could increase by $4 million next season if the revenue forecast is met.

This would benefit the Knights more than others.

“That would be great for us,” Foley said. “We were so constrained by the ceiling for three years. We had to take a lot of steps to make sure we stay compliant with the cap.

Here are some other highlights from the interview:

– Foley said he has submitted his Premier League bid to buy club AFC Bournemouth and hopes to secure approval by mid-November.

He said the deal, which is expected to cost $133 million, according to The Associated Press, has been signed and he will have the funds to complete on Oct. 31.

Foley bought a house in the area and obtained permits for a new training center. He also wants to revamp Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium or build a new one, as the maximum capacity of around 11,300 is the smallest in the league. Foley said he wanted to have 22,000 to 24,000 seats.

While he figures this out, he plans to be active when the transfer window for buying and selling players opens in January. Bournemouth are 12th in the Premier League table but only four points clear of relegation. Foley hopes to improve the attack of the team, which has scored 10 goals in 11 games.

“My whole character is about doing something new, doing something different, learning,” Foley said. “That’s what I’m going to do with football.”

— Foley said the Knights are considering building another hockey rink near Henderson Executive Airport.

The team operates City National Arena in Summerlin and Lifeguard Arena in Henderson. Both facilities have two sheets of ice.

This was not enough to meet the demand. The number of 10-and-under players in Nevada has grown from 221 to 1,639 in five years, according to USA Hockey.

“We need to have more availability, especially for youth hockey,” Foley said. “We are buried, which is great. We want to be buried. But we have to support it. »

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