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Nate Schmidt | Defenseman | #88

Team: Vegas Golden Knights
Age / DOB:  (26) / 7/16/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 194
College: U. of Minnesota
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Nate Schmidt earned a goal and an assist in a 2-1 overtime win versus Arizona on Saturday night.
Schmidt tied the match at the 18:48 mark of the third period and then he assisted on James Neal's game winner in the extra session. The former Capitals defender has three points in two games for the Golden Knights so far this season. Oct 8 - 1:06 AM

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Nate Schmidt said his ankle is "pretty close to 100 percent."

Schmidt expects to be on the ice for the first day of practice on Friday. He suffered an ankle injury during off-season training in August.
Sep 14 - 5:15 PM

It's not clear if Nate Schmidt will be healthy enough to participate in the start of training camp.

Schmidt missed a street hockey clinic in mid-August due to an ankle injury. At the time Golden Knights GM George McPhee said Schmidt would be re-evaluated in about a week, but the team recently said that there's "there is no update" on his injury status. Don't read too much into it yet, but it's something that will be worth checking in on once the camp begins.
Sep 4 - 11:45 PM

Nate Schmidt suffered an ankle injury while training.

Schmidt was scheduled to attend a Golden Knights street hockey clinic, but he was unable to travel because of the injury. Golden Knights GM George McPhee said Schmidt will be reevaluated in a week or so. Vegas is counting on Schmidt to be one of the better defensemen on their roster this season. The 26-year-old had three goals and 14 assists in 60 games with Washington last season.
Aug 19 - 12:18 PM

Nate Schmidt didn't mind going through the arbitration process with the Vegas Golden Knights.

Of all the players that filed for arbitration, Schmidt was the only one who actually went through the process. He ended up landing a two-year deal, $2.225 million per season, so it's easy to see why he was pleased with how things worked out. "I tried to have a good attitude about it, it’s something they had never been through before some people maybe wanted to have some experience as well," said Schmidt. "I think it’s a great process because it brings the sides together because no one really wants to do it, but you know what I think it was good the way everything played out."
Source: TSN.ca
Aug 17 - 8:46 AM

Vegas GM George McPhee announced Saturday that the Golden Knights signed Nate Schmidt to a two-year contract.

The contract has an average annual value of $2.225 million, which he was awarded through salary arbitration. The two sides couldn't come to terms on their own, so an arbitrator made the decision on Schmidt's contract. He has collected 43 points in 200 career NHL appearances.
Aug 6 - 10:08 AM

Nate Schmidt has reportedly been awarded with a two-year contract with an annual average value of $2.225 million through arbitration.

An arbitrator made the ruling Saturday after Schmidt and Vegas attended a hearing on Thursday. The former Washington blueliner would make $2.15 million for 2017-18 and $2.30 million for 2018-19.
Aug 5 - 2:38 PM

Nate Schmidt and the Vegas Golden Knights had to go through salary arbitration.

The two sides still have 48 hours to reach a deal before a ruling comes. 29 other players filed for salary arbitration and Schmidt was the only one who made it to a hearing. He was selected by the Golden Knights in the expansion draft after he made $875,000 last season as a member of the Washington Capitals.
Aug 3 - 6:05 PM

Nate Schmidt may be the only player to go through salary arbitration this off-season.

Schmidt's hearing is scheduled for Thursday. The two sides can still settle on their own terms until the arbitrator's ruling comes within 48 hours. There have been positive negotiations between Schmidt's agent, Matt Keator, and the Golden Knights. However, their salary requests were very different. The former Capitals defender asked for 2.75 million for the 2017-18 season, while Vegas requested a two-year award for Schmidt at $950,000 and $1 million.
Source: TSN.ca
Aug 3 - 10:39 AM

Nate Schmidt reportedly asked for 2.75 million for the 2017-18 season.

Vegas requested a two-year award for Schmidt at $950,000 and $1 million. The defenseman's agent is hopeful that a contract will get done to avoid going to salary arbitration. Schmidt's hearing is scheduled for Thursday.
Aug 1 - 10:10 AM

Nate Schmidt's contract could be finalized prior to his arbitration hearing on Thursday.

"We're in the same range," said Schmidt's agent Matt Keator. "It's just a matter of talking and getting a deal done that's fair to both sides. I'm sure we'll talk sometime this week. I talked to George [McPhee] last week and there's no rush. There's still time." Schmidt earned $875,000 last season as a member of the Washington Capitals.
Jul 31 - 6:04 PM

Nate Schmidt's agent is hopeful that a deal will get done with Vegas before Thursday's arbitration hearing.

Schmidt was claimed in the expansion draft from Washington. He posted 17 points and a plus-22 rating in 60 games with the Capitals last season.
Jul 31 - 11:50 AM

The Vegas Golden Knights are comfortable going to arbitration with Nate Schmidt.

Schmidt is one of the better defensemen on their roster, but it doesn't sound like GM George McPhee is worried about going to arbitration with him. "We’ll do our best to reach a deal," said McPhee. "But we’re comfortable with the arbitration process because it gets the deal done." Schmidt had three goals and 17 points in 60 games with the Capitals last season.
Jul 23 - 1:27 PM

Nate Schmidt's agent said he's had positive talks with the Golden Knights.

Schmidt has an arbitration hearing scheduled for Aug. 3 should the two sides be unable to agree to terms prior to that date. He had three goals and 17 points in 60 contests with Washington last season.
Jul 19 - 3:31 PM

Nate Schmidt has elected to file for salary arbitration.

Vegas took Schmidt in the expansion draft. He had three goals and 17 points in 60 games while averaging 15:29 minutes with the Washington Capitals last season.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 5 - 7:38 PM

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3Pierre-Edouard Bellemare
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D1Nate Schmidt
2Colin Miller
3Jason Garrison
4Brayden McNabb
5Deryk Engelland
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