For the second time this week, general manager Kelly McCrimmon put the kibosh on any more potential big trades involving the Golden Knights.
McCrimmon said Friday he doesn’t expect to make any more additions to the roster, signaling little to no interest in acquiring all-star center Jack Eichel from Buffalo. He made a similar statement Wednesday after the opening of free agency.
“Where we are now, I would say we’re going to go into training camp with this roster,” McCrimmon said. “I think what you’re going to see across the NHL is it’ll get pretty quiet probably for the month of August and even maybe the first week of September. You can’t say there won’t be a move. … But what I was trying to speak to was there wouldn’t be more players coming in.”
The Knights made a series of trades this week, none bigger than Tuesday’s deal that sent goalie Marc-Andre Fleury to Chicago. Defenseman Nick Holden was moved to Ottawa for forward Evgenii Dadonov on Wednesday, and popular forward Ryan Reaves went to the New York Rangers on Thursday.
But they appear to have dropped out of the Eichel sweepstakes for the time being and are content to go into next season with Chandler Stephenson, William Karlsson, Nolan Patrick, Nicolas Roy and Brett Howden at center.
McCrimmon also was effusive in his praise for forward Peyton Krebs, the team’s first-round pick in 2019, who could work his…