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Golden Knights steal Ryan Carpenter from the Sharks

George McPhee has added another piece to the puzzle of a roster in Vegas, as the Golden Knights claimed Ryan Carpenter off waivers from the San Jose Sharks.

Carpenter is a 26-year-old forward that has played in 26 career games with San Jose over the past three seasons. He scored twice and added two assists in 11 games last season, but Carpenter has registered just one assist in 16 games this season.

In last season’s short stint in San Jose, Carpenter saw 51 percent of his zone starts come in the offensive end. But this season just 39 percent of his starts were in the opponent’s zone.

McPhee and the Golden Knights were looking at Carpenter prior to the expansion draft this summer. But the Sharks protected Carpenter, making him unavailable to Vegas.

Just a few months later, the Golden Knights managed to snag Carpenter for nothing anyway.

The Golden Knights now have 24 active players on the roster, meaning there will have to be a corresponding move to get back down to 23 players. With Carpenter, Vegas has 14 forwards; last night Stefan Matteau was a healthy scratch.

Carpenter is due $650,000 this season and in 2018-19 before becoming an unrestricted free agent, making this a low cost move for Vegas.

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The Golden Knights have assigned Matteau to the Chicago Wolves of the AHL, bringing the Golden Knights roster back down to 23. 

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