NHL Rumors: Golden Knights Looking To Bolster Top-9

The salary cap is expected to go up next year between $1 and even up to $4 million if escrow is paid back. That will give a lot of financial freedom to teams as many are right up against the cap this season. The Vegas Golden Knights are one of those teams even after being forced to move money by trading Evgeni Dadonov and Max Pacioretty.

Both of those players were securely in the Golden Knights' top-nine, and despite still being a strong team, their forwards do look a little weaker. The only addition to soften the blow was Phil Kessel, but a player like Michael Amadio who is playing on the third line should be a fourth line player at best.

Seeing how Brett Howden is also in the top-six to create some depth at forward, an addition is needed if this team wants to get back to the top. Jesse Granger of The Athletic reported the Golden Knights would like to add to their top-nine next season if the cap goes up. That will likely be the case and at a later time available players will become more clear. But for now, they could very well find a way to add a top-nine forward mid-season to help with their chances in 2022-23.

The Golden Knights have proven they aren't the most loyal franchise and will always try to make the necessary moves to give the team a chance each season.

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