Golden Knights GM Provides Alarming Update on Key Franchise Player

Vegas Golden Knights’ Mark Stone is sidelined with an upper-body injury, while teammates Jack Eichel and William Carrier are close to returning, adding dynamics to the team’s performance and injury management.

Mark Stone, the shining star of the Vegas Golden Knights, is on the sidelines. “Out for a while,” says general manager Kelly McCrimmon. He spilled the beans to Pierre McGuire and Jimmy Murphy on “The Sick Podcast — The Eye Test.” But hey, it’s not all doom and gloom. McCrimmon threw in a silver lining. Jack Eichel and William Carrier? They’re on the brink of a comeback.

Stone’s setback came Tuesday night. A clash with the Nashville Predators turned sour after a hefty hit from Yakov Trenin. That move got Trenin slapped with an interference penalty. Losing Stone is a big blow for the Golden Knights. At 31, this winger’s been on fire, leading the team with 16 goals and a total of 53 points across 56 games. Since his 2018-19 debut with the Knights, he’s racked up 256 points in 274 games. Impressive, right?

But, Stone’s brilliance comes with a bit of a curse. Injuries. Specifically, upper-body ones that have benched him from February to April for the past two seasons. Both times, he landed on injured reserve. Vegas is crossing its fingers, hoping this season breaks the pattern. So far, Stone has dodged IR. But if he’s out, all eyes turn to Jack Eichel.

Eichel’s been off the grid since January 11, nursing a knee injury. Just this Monday, he was shifted to long-term injured reserve. But there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. He’s sat out long enough and could jump back into the game as soon as he’s fit. Eichel’s not just any player. He’s been leading the charge for Vegas, the only one scoring at a pace above a point per game. With 19 goals and 44 points in 42 games, he’s a force to be reckoned with.

Injury seems to be a recurring theme for Eichel too. Last season, he managed 67 games, the most since the 2019-20 season. With 26 games left this season, he’s got a shot at setting a new personal best. But to keep up, he’d need to lace up by Thursday. Here’s hoping.

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

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