The Vegas Golden Knights announced ahead of their game tonight that they have activated forward William Carrier off of LTIR. Carrier had been out of the lineup for Vegas since leaving a March 26th game against the Chicago Blackhawks with a lower-body injury. The forward was not initially placed on LTIR, however when Vegas activated Mark Stone off of LTIR on April 12th, the team was forced to put Carrier on LTIR to make room. So far, no corresponding move has been made, though Jake Leschyshyn’s assignment to Henderson of the AHL on Friday did create an open roster spot for Carrier.
Having Carrier back is a welcomed addition for Vegas as they play their final home game of the regular season tonight against the San Jose Sharks, a game the team must win in order to stay in playoff contention, a destiny which they do not alone control. Vegas currently sits four points back of the Dallas Stars and Nashville Predators, with just a game in hand on Dallas (Nashville and Vegas both play their 79th game this evening).
One of the few remaining inaugural Golden Knights, Carrier’s presence in the lineup as a gritty forward who can chip in on offense, has been a strong presence in their lineup, one that has long been considered very difficult to play against. On the season, Carrier has seven goals and 11 assists in 59 games. The 27-year-old also represents great value for the Golden Knights, as he is signed through the 2023-24 season at just $1.4MM per season. Hopefully for Vegas, he will be able to contribute in a series of must-win games down the stretch.