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Vegas Announces Free Agency Signings

by Vegas Golden Knights @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

VEGAS (July 1, 2018) -  Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee announced today, July 1, that the team has signed forwards Brandon Pirri, Daniel Carr, Alex Gallant and Curtis McKenzie; defensemen Jimmy Oligny and goaltenders Maxime Lagace and Zach Fucale.

The Vegas Golden Knights announced earlier today the signings of Paul Stastny, Ryan Reaves and Nick Holden.

Pirri, 27, appeared in two games for the Golden Knights and 57 games for the American Hockey League's Chicago Wolves during the 2017-18 season. The Toronto, Ontario native scored three goals for Vegas and collected a total of 52 points (29 G, 23 A) with the Wolves. In his Golden Knights debut on April 3, he scored two goals against the Vancouver Canucks and added another goal against Edmonton two days later. Pirri signed with the Golden Knights on October 4, 2017. He has appeared in parts of eight seasons at the NHL level and has recorded 101 points (60 G, 41 A) in 228 career games.

Brandon Pirri , Forward
Country: Canada
Birthplace: Toronto, ON
Height: 6'0''
Weight: 186 lbs.
Age: 27
Draft: Selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round (59th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Shoots: Left
Notes:
- Appeared in two games with Vegas Golden Knights during the 2017-18 season, collecting three points (3 G).
- Finished 2017-18 season with the AHL's Chicago Wolves tallying 52 points (29 G, 23 A) in 57 games played.
- Signed a two-way, one-year contract with the Vegas Golden Knights on October 4, 2017.
- Appeared in 60 NHL games with the New York Rangers during the 2016-17 season and finished with 18 points (8G, 10A).
- Has appeared in parts of eight seasons at the NHL level and recorded 101 points (60 G, 41 A) in 228 career games.

Carr, 26, joins the Golden Knights after playing parts of three seasons with the Montreal Canadiens. He recorded 16 points (6 G, 10 A) in 38 games during the 2017-18 season. Carr won the NCAA National Championship with Union College during the 2013-14 season and led the team in scoring with 50 points (22 G, 28 A) in 39 games. In 94 career NHL games, the Sherwood Park, Alberta native has recorded 34 points (14 G, 20 A).

Daniel Carr, Forward
Country: Canada
Birthplace: Sherwood Park, AB
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 193 lbs.
Age: 26
Draft: Undrafted
Shoots: Left
Notes:
- Had 16 points (6 G, 10 A) in 38 games with the Montreal Canadiens during the 2017-18 season.
- Finished the 2017-18 season with AHL Laval Rocket with 19 points (11 G, 8 A) in 20 games.
- Collected 34 points (14 G, 20 A) in 94 games with the Canadiens over the course of three NHL seasons.

Gallant, 25, collected three points (1 G, 2 A) in 38 games for the AHL's Syracuse Crunch and led the league in penalty minutes during the 2017-18 season with 194 PIMs. The Summerside, Prince Edward Island native has six points (2 G, 4 A) to go with 442 penalty minutes in 94 career games in the AHL between the Crunch and the San Jose Barracuda.

Alex Gallant, Forward
Country: Canada
Birthplace: Summerside, PEI
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 185 lbs.
Age: 25
Draft: Undrafted
Shoots: Left
Notes:
-Had 3 points (1 G, 2 A) in 38 games with the AHL's Syracuse Crunch in 2017-18 season.
-Spent two seasons with the AHL's San Jose Barracuda, 2015-17, collecting 3 points (1 G, 2 A) in 56 games.
-Led AHL in penalty minutes (194) in the 2017-18 season.

McKenzie, 27, captained the AHL's Texas Stars to the Calder Cup Final and recorded 48 points (25 G, 23 A) in 51 regular season games during the 2017-18 season with the Stars. Since graduating from Miami University, he's collected 23 points (10 G, 13 A) in 99 NHL games and 190 points (82 G, 108 A) in 223 AHL contests. The Golden, BC native helped lead Texas to a Calder Cup championship in 2014. McKenzie was selected by Dallas Stars in the sixth round (159th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Curtis McKenzie, Forward
Country: Canada
Birthplace: Golden, BC
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 205 lb.
Age: 27
Draft: Selected by the Dallas Stars in the sixth round (159th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Shoots: Left
Notes:
- Appeared in seven games with the Dallas Stars during the 2017-18 season collecting two assists.
- Finished 2017-18 season with the AHL's Texas Stars tallying 48 points (25 G, 23 A) through 51 games.
- Acquired 23 points (10 G, 13 A) in 99 games with the Dallas Stars over the course of four NHL seasons.

Oligny, 25, collected 12 points (2 G, 10 A) in 66 games for the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals during the 2017-18 season. The Saint-Michel, Quebec native is a veteran of 259 AHL games and has compiled 43 points (7 G, 36 A) to go with 419 penalty minutes in four seasons with the Admirals.

Jimmy Oligny, Defenseman
Country: Canada
Birthplace: LaSalle, QC
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 195 lbs.
Age: 25
Draft: Undrafted
Shoots: Left
Notes:
- Had 12 points (2 G, 10 A) to go with 135 penalty minutes in 66 games during the 2017-18 season with the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals.
- Collected 12 points (1 G, 11 A) to go with 118 penalty minutes in 66 games during the 2016-17 season with Admirals.
- Collected 43 points (7 G, 36 A) to go with 419 penalty minutes in 259 career games in four seasons with Admirals

Lagace, 25, made his NHL debut on October 30 for the Golden Knights against the New York Rangers. He earned his first NHL victory against the Ottawa Senators on November 4, defeating the Senators 5-4 after making 24 saves. The Saint-Augustin, Quebec native appeared in 16 NHL games and had a 3.92 goals-against average to go with a .867 save percentage during the 2017-18 season. He also appeared in 23 games with the Chicago Wolves and had a 2.84 GAA to go with a .905 save percentage. Lagace signed with the Golden Knights on July 1, 2017.

Maxime Lagace , Goaltender
Country: Canada
Birthplace: Saint-Augustin, QC
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 190 lbs.
Age: 25
Draft: Undrafted
Catches: Left
Notes:
- Appeared in 16 games with the Vegas Golden Knights with 3.92 goals-against average and .867 save percentage in the 2017-18 season.
- Finished 2017-18 season with the AHL's Chicago Wolves, appearing in 23 games with 2.84 goals-against average and .905 save percentage.
- Signed by Vegas Golden Knights on July 1, 2017 as free agent.

Fucale, 23, was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round (36th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The Laval, Qubec native has played in 63 career games in the AHL for the St. John's IceCaps and the Laval Rocket while holding a 3.13 GAA to go with a .900 save percentage. He also appeared in 11 games for the ECHL's Brampton Beast during the 2017-18 season and had a 2.83 GAA with a .913 save percentage.

Zach Fucale, Goalie
Country: Canada
Birthplace: Laval, QC
Height: 6'2
Weight: 185 lbs.
Age: 23
Draft: Selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round (36th overall) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Catches: Left
Notes:
- Had a 3.26 goals-against average with a .890 save percentage in 18 games with the AHL's Laval Rocket during the 2017-18 season.
- Recorded a 2.83 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage in 11 games for the ECHL's Brampton Beast in 2017-18.
- Appeared in 63 career games in the AHL for the St. John's IceCaps and Laval Rocket while holding a 3.13 goals-against average to go with a .900 save percentage.

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