Rumor: Western Canadian Team Star Linked to the Vegas Golden Knights

Published August 31, 2023 at 9:41

The Vegas Golden Knights' rumoured next trade target is revealed!

Vegas to Make a Big Move Soon?

Chris Gawlik of Vegas Hockey Now recently shared an intriguing idea: the Golden Knights pushing for Elias Pettersson.


Coming off a season with 102 points, and with just one year remaining on his RFA contract, Pettersson is unquestionably a star player that any team would covet.

Here's what he said:

"The pitch: The salary cap is projected to go up by $4.2 million in the 2024-25 season and $4.5 million the following season.

Stephenson and Marchessault [both come off Vegas' books in 2024] combine for a salary cap hit of $8.75 million in 2023-24. Their market value in 2024-25 elevates to $11.5 million. That eats up $2.75 million of the $4.2 million cap increase.

The Golden Knights have their first three round's worth of draft picks for 2024, 2025, and 2026. A package of draft picks and prospects could possibly get a deal done for Pettersson."

While the suggestion is audacious, it's entirely possible if Vegas is willing to part with the necessary assets. Pettersson would instantly become Vegas's top player. Given their history of making big moves, like acquiring Alex Pietrangelo and Jack Eichel, why would they shy away from Pettersson?

Trade Incoming?

At this point, it's difficult to predict. Pettersson wants to be on a winning team, and the Canucks are not currently a strong contender.

Apart from Pettersson and Quinn Hughes, the Canucks have a poorly constructed roster.

With only one year left on his current contract, Pettersson might decide not to re-sign with the Canucks due to their lack of competitiveness. Should he become available, it's likely that every team will inquire about him, possibly leading to a trade even larger than the Matthew Tkachuk deal.

At the young age of 24, Pettersson still has room to grow and should only improve as he joins better teammates and continues to develop.

As reported on House of Hockey - RUMOR: Vegas Kicking Tires On Pettersson?
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Rumor: Western Canadian Team Star Linked to the Vegas Golden Knights

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