Bill Foley believes Golden Knights lost their identity

Contrary to his image as a hands-on owner, Bill Foley has remained in the background for the Golden Knights’ most significant personnel moves.

But after watching his team miss the playoffs for the first time in five seasons, Foley is no longer staying silent.

The Knights enter a pivotal offseason full of important decisions, and Foley expects to have more input this summer on the direction the club is headed.

“I’m going to be a bit more proactive than I have been,” Foley said. “I’ve always been invited to all the meetings. They take my input, but I try and stand aside when everyone is convinced something needs to be done.

“This time, after all these years, I’ve got a few specific ideas of things that I believe need to be accomplished. If I’m being very transparent, I’m going to be active.”

Despite a roster full of high-priced talent, the Knights (43-31-8) were decimated by injuries with more than 500 man-games lost, according to @NHLInjuryViz on Twitter, en route to missing the postseason by three points.

They also lacked chemistry and cohesiveness, and Foley pointed to the acquisition of several high-profile players in recent seasons as one of the reasons.

The Knights traded for all-star center Jack Eichel in November, a move Foley said he was behind 100 percent. But he also believes sacrificing core players to make those types of upgrades has led to an erosion of the team’s…

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