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NHL Network Sweet On Two VGK Forwards

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On Wednesday, the NHL Network affectionally announced their appreciation for under-the-radar players across the league. While they’re well-loved in Las Vegas, the league’s television outlet highlighted two beloved Golden Knights forwards on Valentine’s Day.

Likely a favorite Valentine for most Golden Knights fans, Jonathan Marchessault is proving yet again how valuable he is to his team. The 2023 Conn Smythe winner leads Vegas in goals, offensive point shares, and total point shares and is third in shooting percentage. Through 53 games, Marchessault continues to be the Golden Knights’ most lethal shot and has found success on multiple juggled lines. At the age of 33, the unrestricted free agent is on pace for a career-high in goals, even strength goals, and points. His numbers indicate a bump in pay contract extension should be in the works.

Former NHL’er Dave Reid gushed on Wednesday over Marchessault’s team-leading statistics and his infectious emotions on and off the ice. There’s no doubt, the television analyst is an admirer of Mark Stone and his passion as well. Between the two, Vegas has no shortage of motivators in their lineup. It’s no surprise both are on pace for career years.

Love his game and love the fact of what he’s done. We always talk about Ovi scoring goals and the excitement that he gets every time he scores, well that’s Jonathan Marchessault. And the goals that he scores, he scores huge goals. He’s 5’9″, 33-years-old, Conn Smythe trophy winner and a Stanley Cup winner. Here’s a guy that I can really relate to, and I love his game. He gives it everything on every single shift. When he scores, which he does he a lot for Vegas, especially big goals, it is the emotions that he has that the rest of the team jumps on. I admire his game and I’m watching and cheering for him. -Dave Reid on NHL Network

The next NHL Network secret admirer to openly admit his desire for a Golden Knights player was longtime studio analyst EJ Hradek. While he was all on board for the praise his colleague gave Marchessault, Hradek was crushing on a current linemate. Normally, Nic Roy anchors the Golden Knights bottom six but lately, he’s been filling in for some injured teammates and is unsurprisingly succeeding.

Since January 6th, Roy has recorded 16 points and is also on pace for career highs. In that span he’s earned an assist on eight goals scored by Marchessault and has built instant chemistry with Ivan Barbashev. Heck, it’s a juggled line that some would like to stick around for a while. Seeing Roy’s flexibility over the past couple of months is one of the reasons Hradek chose him as his special Valentine.

One thing I love, I love to win. Think of Vegas, they have a lot of guys like that but I’m going to go with Nicolas Roy. I’ve brought him up many times. This is why the Vegas Golden Knights win; they find pieces that fit their group. On this team when everyone is healthy, he’s their fourth center but everyone is not always healthy. Like right now with Jack Eichel out he can move up in the lineup and be effective offensively. He can be on the second power play. When they have everyone there like last year in the Cup final, he can be a really good fourth center that can do all the little things that help you win. You need everybody pulling the rope if you’re going to win. I love winning, so I love Nic Roy. -EJ Hradek, NHL Network

It’s no surprise that Marchessault and Roy were featured on NHL Network’s secret-admirer revealing. Both Golden Knights are thriving together and quickly formed into an effective top-six line. With Eichel still sidelined, Marchessault, Roy, and Barbashev will be expected to continue driving offense and matching up against top units. Most likely the trio will be broken up when the roster is fully healthy, but for now let’s enjoy the sweet acknowledgment Vegas’ flexible forwards have earned.

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20 Comments

  1. JB

    Can’t disagree with either one!

  2. Jake

    I would highlight Barbashev.

    Marshie’s comments last year with his signing were the ultimate: “I was so glad to see Barbashev was going to be on our team. I always have hated to play against him and now he is one of us.”

    A player with talent and thump is something other top lines need to keep an eye on at all times because he can go “psycho” if needed.

    I would love to see Buchnevich added this year!

  3. ThG

    silly mushy article

    only thing more useless is that POS in white house pResident in name only.

    November 2024 can’t come soon enough.

  4. ThG

    the truth will out

    I ain’t making this stuff up !!

    At a rally in South Carolina, former President Donald Trump addressed the fact that Biden’s own government thinks he’s too mentally enfeebled to face trial.

    Which many believe leads to the next natural question of how if that is the case, can Biden be competent enough to run the government.

    Trump told the crowd Biden was nothing more than a figurehead and that former President Barack Obama was really the man behind the curtain pulling the strings.

    “I don’t think he knows what the hell he’s doing anyways. I always say by the people who surround him or sometimes I’ll interchange, I’ll say, Barack Hussein Obama. But every time I say that the fake news. Oh, that’s a lot of fake news back there…Every time I say it. Anytime I want to have a little fun, governor. We have fun. Even though the country’s going to hell, we have to have a little bit of fun. But every time I interchange Barack Hussein…remember Rush Limbaugh, he’d go, Barack Hussein Obama. I wonder what he was getting at. But every time I do interchanging, we do a little interchanging. They say he doesn’t know who the President is. He thinks it’s Barack Obama. I say no, no, but I think Barack Obama has a lot to do with the running of the country right now, and we can’t let that happen. He has a lot to do with it,” Trump concluded.

    Trump’s theory sounded a lot like an arrangement Obama proposed during a November 2020 interview with left-wing late-night host Stephen Colbert.

    When Colbert asked him about serving a third term, Obama said he would only do so if he could communicate through a frontman who would do all the work while he called the plays.

    “I said this before. People would ask me, ‘Knowing what you know now, do you wish you had a third term?’ And I used to say, ‘You know what? If I could make an arrangement where I had a stand-in, a front man or front woman, and they had an earpiece in and I was just in my basement in my sweats looking through the stuff, and then I could sort of deliver the lines, but somebody else was doing all the talking and ceremony, I’d be fine with that,’” Obama said to Colbert.

    Many Americans have watched Joe Biden wander aimlessly around trying to find his way off a stage, claim he talked to long-dead foreign leaders, and fall into vegetative states during interviews and public events.

    Those images do not give off the impression that Biden is a highly competent leader in charge of his administration.

    Is Barack Obama secretly running the country?(Required)
    Yes
    No

  5. JL

    Is this a hockey site or a chat line for these looking to live under dictator rule? So sick of losers brainwashed by a sociopathic criminal who can’t admit that they get dooped by one of the biggest con man this country has ever seen. I guess you don’t appreciate what it’s like to enjoy freedom… With idiots like you we will soon know what it’s like to live in Russia or China. Why do you think so many of the illegals coming across are Chinese??? Wake the F up… And go to FOX news for these discussions.

    • ThG

      current genocide joe is the dictator with this weaponized of court system, climate mandates, border out of control, yes we will soon know due to last four years of neofascist rule.

    • Byronleemarley

      Why do you think so many illegals from any country are crossing the border into our ours? Clueless Joe welcomed them with open arms by immediately reversing everything Trump did, just because Trump did them. You talk about people being brainwashed, while you sound like nothing but a mindless drone in the hive mind of the Democrats collective. What dictatorship are you referring to? The only one I see is the one that tells you that men are women, you have to accept it and to keep your mouth shut about it. The one that has been using the Dept of Justice as its attack dog against its opposition. The one that has forced such high inflation that people can no longer afford the basic necessities. I could go on and on, but reality is obviously wasted on you. All you know is “Orange Man Bad.” Someone is not a dictator just bc idiots on CNN or MSNBC say so, and Useful Idiots like you believe anything you’re told to believe.

  6. knights fan in minny

    dictator are you fucking drunk so you endorse scumbag illegals coming here draining the taxpayers pockets maybe you should take in a bunch at your house

  7. ThG

    epic fail

    Biden’s Big Plan Just BACKFIRED
    If President Joe Biden’s re-election campaign decided to join TikTok in an attempt to connect with younger voters, it may need to reconsider its strategy now. Despite the fact that Biden signed a law in December 2022 prohibiting federal workers from using TikTok on government devices, his campaign started posting on the Chinese-owned social media platform this week.

    However, this move has faced criticism, and as NBC News pointed out on Thursday, the campaign’s TikTok posts are now being inundated with negative comments. Gen Z users have expressed their discontent with Biden’s policies and his ability to fulfill his duties. Not only are users mocking the TikTok account of an 81-year-old man who seems out of touch, but they are also seizing the opportunity to voice their frustrations about the president’s handling of the Israel-Hamas conflict.

    Beneath Biden’s first post, a video titled “lol hey guys” where he engages in a game of “Would You Rather?”, there are angry comments from pro-Palestinian individuals, along with jokes about his cognitive abilities.

    The comments section of his second video is inundated with remarks regarding “Butcher Biden” alongside Palestinian flag emojis. Likewise, his latest videos are overwhelmed with comparable feedback, encompassing numerous inquiries about Rafah, the city situated on the border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt.

    The president’s position on the Middle East is highly unpopular among TikTok users who are regular users of the platform. According to a recent NBC News poll, only 15 percent of registered voters in the 18-34 age group expressed approval for the Biden administration’s handling of the Israeli-Palestinian issue.

    For young TikTok users, it is imperative that there is a strong condemnation of Israel and what they perceive as its “genocide.” The fact that Biden’s campaign has only been on the platform for a few days and is already facing intense criticism does not bode well for his chances of re-election.

    Many young people on TikTok harbor a deep hatred for former President Donald Trump, the leading candidate for the Republican Party in the upcoming presidential election, akin to the animosity typically reserved for serial killers.

    However, this same group is now directing their animosity towards Israel and those who refuse to denounce its actions. The backlash on TikTok poses yet another challenge that Biden and his campaign must overcome if they wish to retain the presidency.

  8. Tim

    Political post abound today. There’s nothing like coming on Sin Bin and having a civics class. The truth be known neither Trump or Biden have any business being president. My candidate would be Mark Cuban he’s 65 and a nose for business and doesn’t take any bullshit and I believe would work with both sides to get things done. Now some good news baseball camps have opened up and I have a diversion from the Vegas Golden Heartbreakers. The other night another discouraging game losing to Minnesota at home. Being in sports all my like mediocrity doesn’t play well with me. My wife says they were hungover from Super Bowl weekend. I’ll tell you it takes all my energy to watch a full Knights game so many snoozers. When you look on the bench Cassidy is usually pissed off to many penalties and out impotent PP. I don’t blame him he wants to win and the team more times then not are just going through the motions.The way it looks we’ll be playing Edmonton then Vancouver and then Colorado or Dallas to get to the finals all because they fucked around and didn’t win the Pacific. The best team doesn’t always win Montreal showed us a couple of years ago they had no business beating us and again this year we have the most talent but find a way to lose to bottom feeders.

    • ThG

      Cuban is a liberal idiot

    • JB

      Go watch your baseball, the most boring sport after soccer Tim! Stay away from watching the Knights games. You don’t deserve to take part in any success they have.

      • Tim

        JB, if your looking for athletes baseball and basketball have the athletes. Both those sports make acrobatic plays in hockey they skate well but everything else is as we say puck luck. Try hitting a round ball with a round bat at 97 miles an hour. If you don’t know baseball and all the little things that go on which you obviously don’t you can call it boring. Baseball and Basketball are skill sports hockey they just wing it and hope it finds it’s way to the net. But I get the best of both worlds when I’m looking to take a nap a first period scoreless hockey game will do it every time. I like the Knights but sometimes there unwatchable and here come the excuses we didn’t have our legs, first game back home after some road games, excuses excuses . You play 82 games a year get your ass in gear and quit with the excuses. I’ll guarantee you Cassidy doesn’t do excuses well we’s in win mode all the time see his intensity on the bench.

        • TS

          Tim, just wondering if YOU have tried Hockey before? Most American kids play baseball/ basketball early on, honing their skills.We ALL know how to throw a ball, hit a ball, run around bases. In Basketball, anyone can dribble, shoot a ball into the net. These skills become second nature. In Hockey, however, few get the opportunity to learn the DIFFICULT skills required in Skating/ Hockey. These hockey skills are NOT second nature to Americans. I’m surprised you follow Hockey at all. Btw: a 9 inning No- hitter is about as BORING as watching paint dry!

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