5 Biggest Las Vegas Sports Stories (Feb 1 – 7)

While everyone else was focused on the Super Bowl, here’s what went down in the Las Vegas sports world

1. Jon Gruden comments on possibility of Deshaun Watson trade

5 Biggest Las Vegas Sports Stories (Feb 1 – 7)

Deshaun Watson coming to the Las Vegas Raiders is only one of many crazy rumors going on right now, and it’s very interesting to consider. In fact, while Derek Carr has offered consistent numbers for the team throughout his tenure there, Watson could bring an interesting new layer to the team. Unfortunately for those having similar thoughts about shipping Carr to the Texans and Mariota to the Colts, it doesn’t seem like coach Gruden is really that interested in the idea. He doesn’t even seem to think Watson will leave Houston.

“I just think there’s a lot going on,” Gruden said. “Deshaun’s a great player, he’s a great kid and I’m sure he’s very emotional right now… he’s going to be a great quarterback for a long time in Houston.”

2. Las Vegas Golden Knights beat Los Angeles Kings

5 Biggest Las Vegas Sports Stories (Feb 1 – 7)

The Las Vegas Golden Knights defeated the Los Angeles Kings 5-2 Friday night, which brings their overall record to 6-1-1. This news comes after Vegas was forced to pause its season due to the pandemic. Fortunately for the Knights, however, Nicolas Hague, William Karlsson, Jonathon Marchessault, Mark Stone, and Cody Glass all contributed one goal. 

And then there was Marc Andre Fleury, who gave up two goals throughout the game but was able to make 29 saves as well. This left Fleury with a .931 SV % and shows just how much depth the Knights have at goalie. Whether that leads them to their elusive first championship or not remains to be seen, but they are close with performances like this.

3. Chelsea Gray signs multi-year deal with the Aces

5 Biggest Las Vegas Sports Stories (Feb 1 – 7)

The Las Vegas Aces made the most of their offseason this week by signing free-agent star, Chelsea Gray to a multi-year contract. Of course, the signing came as a replacement for Kayla McBride, who left the team in free agency, but she should still bring solid depth to an already stacked roster.

“This is about my process and what I wanted in the future,” Gray told ESPN. “I had amazing years in L.os Angeles… But I felt that it was time for something new. That’s why I was full-steam ahead with this free-agency process, and I felt Vegas was the best fit for me now and in the future.

4. Darren Wallner comments on possibility of being traded for Deshaun Watson

5 Biggest Las Vegas Sports Stories (Feb 1 – 7)

The ongoing rumor of the Raiders trading for Deshaun Watson has been going on for over a week now, and there have been a lot of interesting possibilities laid out. While it started out as a simple three-team trade that sent Derek Carr to the Texans, Marcus Mariota to the Colts, and Deshaun Watson to the Raiders, it has now led to speculation of other options.

Believe it or not, one of those options is Darren Wallner, who has been with the organization for three years now and has steadily improved. In fact, between going from 0 touchdowns in his first year, to nine in his third, he is slowly becoming a reliable option for Carr. That s what makes the idea of getting rid of him for a new quarterback so hard to believe.

“Crazier things have happened,” Waller tells  TMZ Sports. “I enjoy being where I’m at with the Raiders and that time will come to an end whether it’s 10 years from now or it’s by Monday. So, I just try to enjoy being here as much as I can.”

5. Charles Woodson and Tom Florez join NFL Hall of fame.

5 Biggest Las Vegas Sports Stories (Feb 1 – 7)

It s no secret that the NFL Hall of Fame is reserved for the best people in the sport s history, and two former Raiders have joined the select group. One of them is Charles Woodson, who was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 1998, and played with the team for eight seasons before departing for Green Bay.

While Woodson s aggressive style of play would have no place in today s NFL, his defensive dominance is what helped enshrine him into the Hall. Then there is Tom Florez, who served as Raiders coach for nine years and helped them to 2 Super Bowls 

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