The Vegas Golden Knights have finally announced the signing of Jake McLaughlin to an AHL contract for the 2020-21 season, something that had been previously reported. The news is notable—as the team points out—because it is the first AHL signing since being approved for the purchase and relocation of the San Antonio Rampage to Henderson.
Some other minor league signings from today:
- The Syracuse Crunch have signed Clint Windsor to an AHL contract, interestingly for the rest of the 2019-20 season and all of 2020-21. Obviously Windsor may not get a chance to play this season depending on when the AHL resumes from their current “pause” but signing does make a difference. The ECHL, where Windsor had been playing, stopped paying their players on March 16th after the league season was canceled entirely. Though there have been some assistance funds for the ECHL, it would seem that a deal with an AHL organization—a league that was instructed by the NHL to continue to pay their players during the pause—would be more lucrative.
- Cole Schneider, who was having one of the best seasons of his career for the Milwaukee Admirals, will get a chance to do it again next year. The 29-year old forward has signed a one-year extension with the Nashville Predators’ AHL affiliate. Schneider had 46 points in 54 games for the Admirals before the shutdown and has been a consistent offensive producer for nearly a decade.