Marchessault Confused That Golden Knights Haven't Reached Out On Extension

He was the Conn Smythe Trophy winner for the Vegas Golden Knights, leading the team to the Stanley Cup title in 2023. He's the team's leading scorer, a 'Day One-er' in Vegas and basically the face of the franchise. But one other thing that Jonathan Marchessault is right now is an impending unrestricted free agent. 

And on Tuesday, he indicated surprise that the team hasn't reached out to him yet for contract talks on an extension.

“I did not have a call yet or anything,” Marchessault told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “They said they were interested to definitely re-sign me and we’ll see. Technically they have time until June 30, so we’ll see how it goes."

The problem, of course, is that the Golden Knights only have $900,000 in cap space going into the offseason, and Marchessault isn't the only UFA or RFA they need to find space for. 

The 33-year-old is coming off his six-year, $30 million contract and he was even hoping to get an extension done last offseason when he became eligible, but the team wasn't interested then. 

“I asked last summer. I was like, ‘You know what? I would rather do it in the summer before the season.’ And they said they’re not ready to do that, and after there’s not even a single talk that happened during the season,” Marchessault said. “I don’t know."

And so he continues to wait. 

In his seven seasons with the team, right from its expansion year, Marchessault is the club’s all-time leader in goals, assists and points. He had his best season filling the net this past year, with a career-high 42 goals.  

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