LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights started as a lovable collection of misfits in their inaugural season with a team pieced together from the expansion draft.
Then they made an improbable run to the Stanley Cup Final.
They're underdogs no more. Vegas has traded for or signed some of the NHL's best players, gotten rid of some fan favorites and is now a perennial contender focused on winning now.
It began with trades for Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone and continued with moves to get Alex Martinez and Robin Lehner.
The trade of Nate Schmidt to Vancouver to sign Alex Pietrangelo finalized the Golden Knights' franchise evolution.