NHL Rumors: Utah Linked To Jonathan Marchessault

Jonathan Marchessault, the star veteran for the Vegas Golden Knights, has been linked to the Utah team in one of Bleacher Report's Lyle Richardson's "surprise" predictions this offseason.

With billionaire Ryan Smith taking over ownership and looking to invest significantly in the team and make some big splashes in his first offseason, the Utah team is in a strong position to make impactful signings this offseason.

Marchessault, who played a vital role in the Golden Knights' success and won the Conn Smythe Trophy in their Stanley Cup victory, is completing a six-year contract worth $5 million annually.

His playoff experience and leadership could be invaluable for a young Utah team aiming for postseason contention.

At 33-years-old, Marchessault seems to have a lot left in the tank, evidenced by perhaps the best offensive season of his career this past year, putting up 42 goals and 27 assists for 69 total points across 82 games played.

With around $43.3 million in cap space for the upcoming season, Utah can offer Marchessault a substantial raise, potentially between $7 million and $8 million annually on a three- or four-year deal, as noted by Richardson.

This financial flexibility, combined with the strategic desire to bring in experienced veterans, makes Marchessault a prime target for the team.

His addition would not only provide proven playoff experience but also signify the new ownership's commitment to building a competitive team in Utah, making him a key piece in their transformation into a formidable contender.

Over his seven seasons with Vegas, Marchessault has recorded 192 goals and 225 assists for 417 total points across 514 games played.

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