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Anthony Mantha Confirms He’s Out, William Carrier Likely On The Move As Well

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We’re officially 10 days away from the start of the free agency frenzy. With six unsigned players, the Golden Knights are expected to be hogging hockey headlines up to July 1st. Clearly, the biggest decision for the Golden Knights front office is how committed they are to keeping franchise leading goal scorer Jonathan Marchessault. Putting the Marchessault dilemma aside, VGK’s FO has already made a decision public on one of their unrestricted free agents.

Vegas made it clear that they were not going to put me back under contract. I’m excited, but at the same time I’m stressed as everything comes into play,. We’ll see whether it’s July 1st or a little later. Hoping we will have good news. –Anthony Mantha to RDS

Mantha opened up to Catherine Savoie of RDS at a charity golf event earlier this week. He was informed by the Golden Knights that the deadline acquisition would not be offered a contract to stay in Las Vegas. Normally, the Golden Knights are very tight lipped when it comes to roster management. Over the past eight summers, it’s been rare to hear a player publicly announce the Golden Knights were passing on his services.

This week another bottom six forward’s future plans were leaked which would unlikely include the Golden Knights. Sources close to SinBin.vegas indicated the “so-called” fourth liner William Carrier and the Dallas Stars have mutual interest in each other. On Thursday, Sportsnet’s Elliiotte Friedman confirmed our source’s expectations for Carrier.

One guy I heard who could be on Dallas’ radar, and I think could be a great fit for them is William Carrier. That’s one name that some people told me that was on Dallas’ radar if he gets to the market. – Elliotte Friedman on Sportsnet.ca

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Unique Offseason Situation In Front Of Golden Knights

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Typically, when a team gets eliminated from the playoffs, especially in the first round, the question that must be answered is “where do we need to improve?”

Look around the league. The Canucks have to feel like their scoring was not up to snuff, same with Los Angeles. Toronto has their eyes squarely focused on the defending. Carolina is probably looking at goaltending. Dallas, special teams (who’d have thought?!?).

It struck me when I read this quote about the GM for the Ottawa Senators.

(Steve) Staios has no desire to roll back into camp with the same roster because this club isn’t good enough. –Bruce Garrioch on OttawaCitizen.com

For Vegas though, that’s not how they feel going into this offseason. Comments from players, the head coach, and general manager all pointed down a much different path.

I believe it’s the best team we’ve ever had in Vegas. I know when I talked to our players today, to a man, really consistent messaging, a real feeling of missed opportunity, a lost opportunity, when you’ve got a team this good. We just didn’t quite have the time for it to gel. -Kelly McCrimmon

That might be right.

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Is Patrick Kane On VGK’s Radar Again?

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Over the past couple of seasons, future hockey Hall of Famer Patrick Kane has been linked to several contenders, including the Vegas Golden Knights. At the 2023 trade deadline, Kane accepted a trade exclusively to the New York Rangers. After New York was eliminated in last year’s postseason, Kane was not retained by the Blueshirts and took his time deciding his future in the offseason. Well, here we go again. The former Blackhawk, Ranger and Red Wing is open for business and some contenders would like to milk the last ounce of hockey Kane has left in him.

There’s a lot of places that you can look for Patrick Kane to go to and who wouldn’t want to have him. Look at his pedigree. Three-time Stanley Cup champion and the list goes on and on. The veteran seasoning that he can bring to any roster. – Cheryl Pounder on TSN.ca

The 35-year-old continued to produce last season, helping the Red Wings to a 91-point regular season. Kane unsurprisingly recorded 47 points (20 Goals, 27 Assists) in only 50 games last season with Detroit. In the case that Vegas’ front office is unable to negotiate a fair deal with Jonathan Marchessault, the 2013 Conn Smythe winner could pitch in. It’s unlikely the 4x All-Star will score 40+ goals but he could be close to a point per game player. Another beneift, term won’t be a problem with Kane.

He’s a model of consistency. Forty-seven points, twenty of them goals and 27 helpers. He’s got that possession and the ability to be a glue piece to distribute. He fills two voids, goals for and the power play. –Cheryl Pounder on TSN.ca

Kane is fourth in points per game (0.94) among this summer’s unrestricted free agents and added six in seven playoff games with the Rangers in 2023. There’s definitely a fit in Vegas. The Golden Knights will need help in the middle six and on either of their power play units. It’s possible Kane cannot take on a full 82-game load with his age and history of hip injuries. However, his presence in the lineup of Game 1 of the 2025 playoffs would be worrisome for VGK’s opponent.

So, clearly Kane is an option. Akin to how Phil Kessel came in for the 2022-23 campaign but with much higher expectations. Would Patrick Kane help the Golden Knights lineup next season? Certainly, but there is a safer option. Jonathan Marchessault.

Happy Anniversary

One year ago the Golden Knights became Stanley Cup Champions!

Cup Handoff Lineup

Mark Stone -> Reilly Smith -> Jonathan Marchessault -> William Karlsson ->Brayden McNabb -> Shea Theodore -> William Carrier -> Alex Pietrangelo -> Alec Martinez -> Jonathan Quick -> Chandler Stephenson -> Jack Eichel ->Ivan Barbashev -> Adin Hill -> Nic Roy -> Phil Kessel -> Keegan Kolesar -> Zach Whitecloud -> Nic Hague ->Michael Amadio -> Brett Howden -> Ben Hutton -> Laurent Brossoit -> Logan Thompson -> Paul Cotter -> Teddy Blueger -> Brayden Pachal -> Bruce Cassidy -> Kelly McCrimmon -> Bill Foley -> George McPhee

Conn Smythe Voting

I’m a proud Golden Misfit. – William Karlsson.

It’s been a wild ride. Year one was a special, special year. The way we could create a winning culture right off the hop changed everything. We were knocking on the door for the last couple of years and we were able to break through. -Brayden McNabb

It was pretty surreal. I didn’t know how many seconds left to start throwing my stuff off. -Adin Hill

Look where we are right now. Our team has been unbelievable since the beginning. We’re winners. -Jonathan Marchessault

I can’t even describe the feelings in my stomach right now. It’s everything you could imagine. -Mark Stone

Everyone have a good night. I know I will! -Bruce Cassidy

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William Carrier To Hit A Hot Market For Depth Forwards

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Currently we’re in the no headline mandate period for 30 of 32 NHL teams. Reasonably, the league wants the sole focus on the Stanley Cup finals. While the Florida Panthers carry a 2-0 series lead to Edmonton, league GMs are feverishly sketching out next season’s roster.

The market is very good for D, and the market is very good for the heavier depth forwards. Teams are starting to get a better idea of who’s on the market and who isn’t. –Elliotte Friedman on TSN’s Jeff Marek Show

One reason why the Golden Knights captured the 2023 Stanley Cup trophy was their strong veteran depth. Bruce Cassidy used a balance of heavy, fast, and skilled bodies in his bottom six and was rewarded throughout the playoffs. Unfortunately, other organizations took notice and desire championship winning utility players, which will make it difficult for the Golden Knights front office to keep some of their reliable depth players.

I heard those names. Dakota Joshua, William Carrier, Jordan Martinook. The market for those guys are going to be really good. I definitely think it’s picking up. –Friedman on TSN’s Jeff Marek Show

Painfully for VGK fans, another Original Misfit is without a contract for next season. Since year one, William Carrier has excited supporters with fine forechecking, thundering hits, and wraparound scoring chances. He’s added a level of trust on the bottom line, pushing the puck, sustaining offensive zone time, and getting off the ice. It’s not glamorous but Carrier has impeccably fit that role for the Golden Knights.

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Why Noah Hanifin And Ivan Barbashev Didn’t Suffer From Chemistry Issues Coming To Vegas

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When the Golden Knights diagnosed what went wrong towards the end of the season and into the playoffs the first word that came to mind for most was chemistry. Because of all the moving pieces with injuries and trades they said it was hard to get the full team on the same page so quickly for the games when it mattered most.

In Game 5 against Dallas the Golden Knights made changes to three of the four forward lines, two of the three defense pairs, and the goalie. Two of the forward lines, and one of the D-pairs, had never played together at all while the other two had seen less than 10 games together during the regular season.

It was like this pretty much the entire postseason. Because of the arrivals of Tomas Hertl, Noah Hanifin, and Anthony Mantha, coupled with the returns of Mark Stone and William Carrier, no matter how the roster was rolled out there was going to be a ton of uncertainty. Contrast that to the Stars lineup which had essentially played the entire season together en route to the best record in Western Conference.

But it wasn’t all bad, and while it’s more likely the team looks to the lessons of what went wrong, there were shining examples of what went right both this year and last.

Atop that list is defenseman Noah Hanifin. Coming over from Calgary with just 19 games left in the regular season, Hanifin stepped in and was arguably the best defenseman on the roster for the rest of the year.

Because of the time of year we weren’t really practicing a ton, we were kind of just playing games. Sometimes you just get into it and wing it almost and that helps. -Noah Hanifin

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Mitch Marner Extension Or NMC Unlikely To Scare Off Vegas’ Potential Pursuit

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The Golden Knights are facing many franchise-altering decisions this offseason, but they aren’t alone. While Golden Knights fans are anxiously waiting for a Jonathan Marchessault extension, fans in Toronto are hoping their team unloads one of the NHL’s top line forwards. After another first-round exit Toronto Maple Leaf center Mitch Marner has become the target of local fans. The career 1.11 points per game player would be a fit for any team, including the Golden Knights. However, it would take some creativity by both clubs.

It’s a huge couple of days on the calendar that I think are under the radar. A lot of the things that end up happening at the Draft or on July 1st, those conversations were born this week in Buffalo at the combine. You can see all of the agents talking to GMs, GMs meeting with GMs. It’s all sort of playing out this week. – Pierre LeBrun on TSN OverDrive

Now, there is nothing directly linking Vegas to Marner, but I think all of us would agree, you cannot count the Golden Knights out on any available player. You name him, Vegas inquired. So, it’s safe to guess both first-round victims have been in communication. Like LeBrun reported, maybe the seed was planted for a future transaction.

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