BREAKING: Mark Stone Out For Season, Questionable For Start Of Playoffs

Graham Montgomery
February 29, 2024  (7:27 PM)

Vegas Golden Knights captain Mark Stone hoisting the Stanley Cup
Photo credit: Sportsnet

The Vegas Golden Knights were already poised to have an interesting trade deadline. Today's news will only make the team's decisions that much harder.

NHL Insider Reports Stone Out For Remainder Of Regular Season

The Golden Knights captain last played on February 20th in a 5-3 loss to Nashville. It was initially reported that he would be out week-to-week with an upper-body injury, but today his status was downgraded to being out for the rest of the regular season according to Darren Dreger.
⚠️ Darren Dreger on Insider Trading says #VegasBorn's Mark Stone is out for the rest of the regular season and is questionable for Stanley Cup Playoffs.

«You can be certain Kelly McCrimmon will utilize his cap space.»
If this report is true, it would confirm the 4th straight season Stone has played less than 60 regular season games. He hasn't played close to a full regular season since 2018-19 when he was traded to the Knights and played in 77 games, split between Vegas and Ottawa.

Fans Not Convinced Stone's Injury Is Legitimate

This announcement has sparked some debate online as many fans believe that this injury has been exaggerated in an effort to get around the salary cap once again. With Stone going on LTIR, it conveniently gives the team much-needed cap space just a week away from the trade deadline. Many believe Stone will return for game one of the playoffs perfectly fine.
«And after an aggressive rehab and lots of hard work; Mark will return for game 1!»
That being said, Stone has been one of the most injury prone players in the NHL in recent years. It comes as no surprise to fans that he is out again. The timing of this injury is certainly noteworthy, but likely nothing more than a coincidence.