Shea Theodore finding his NHL home is Vegas, not Anaheim
ANAHEIM — The phone call came from management and this one got Shea Theodore very excited.
It wasn’t about being called up to the NHL. Been there, done that. Lots of times. Sure, that call remains a thrill but it’s never as good as the first time.
But this particular call for Theodore was about finding a place to call home. An actual house, unlike a nearby hotel that had been the case whenever he was brought up to Anaheim. Four days ago, the Vegas Golden Knights defenseman moved in with teammate Alex Tuch.
“We’re five minutes from the practice facility and it’s 20 minutes down to the game rink,” Theodore said of their place in the affluent Las Vegas suburb of Summerlin. “It’s a good setup. Me and Tuch have got a big house. Fully furnished. Pool. Putting green.
“It’s definitely good to be in a place where you’re comfortable.”
As the one-time Ducks prize prospect returned to Honda Center on Wednesday to play against his former team, Theodore might be staying in the NHL once and for all. Where it once appeared that he’d be on the Ducks’ blue line for years, it might be that he will become a fixture with Vegas.
In June, the Ducks were like most teams being faced with too many players they wanted to keep and not enough spots to protect from Vegas taking one in the expansion draft. Their defense became a target if they wanted to keep forwards like Jakob Silfverberg from being exposed.
Ducks general manager Bob Murray worked out a pre-draft deal with Vegas GM George McPhee but in order to keep McPhee from plucking away Josh Manson or Sami Vatanen, he had to give him an asset he coveted. Especially a young one. And that was Theodore, the Ducks’ top draft pick in 2013.