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Golden Knights use LTIR space to land Mantha, Hanifin, and Hertl at the deadline. Are they now Stanley Cup favorites?

The Vegas Golden Knights have once again turned the trade deadline on its head. This time, their key weapon wasn’t draft picks or a pile of prospects, but rather the salary cap relief granted by LTIR (Long-Term Injured Reserve). With Mark Stone’s unfortunate injury sidelining him long-term, Vegas has masterfully exploited the cap space to bolster their Stanley Cup-winning roster.

In a series of deadline blockbusters, Vegas landed power forward Anthony Mantha, rock-solid defenseman Noah Hanifin, and the highly skilled Tomas Hertl. These aren’t just depth additions – each player makes the Golden Knights significantly more dangerous.

Golden Knights LTIR Moves Make Them Favorites

Vegas has become notorious for their ability to weaponize LTIR space, and this year’s moves prove they’re the undisputed kings of the maneuver. Their willingness to take on injured players with significant contracts provides a unique trade deadline advantage, and other GMs are surely envious.

Will this LTIR-fueled spending spree finally deliver the Golden Knights their second Stanley Cup? The hockey world waits with bated breath.

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