At $82,474,104, the Vegas Golden Knights are approximately $974,104 over the NHL salary cap. After signing Alex Pietrangelo to a deal of 7 years at $8.8 million per, the Golden Knights might be looking to shed some salary, not only get under the cap, but to have space if they want to make a move at the trade deadline of the new season, whenever that is. Two names that have come up in possible trades are Max Pacioretty and Jonathan Marchessault.
Pacioretty was their top scorer last year with 32 goals and 34 assists for 66 points. Marchessault has consistently scored over 20 goals for the past 4 seasons, last year netting 22 in 66 games. That number was lower only due to missing some games and the cancelled back nine. Patches has 3 years term remaining on his contract at $7 million while Marchessault has 4 at $5 million. Both play LW while Marchessault is also a natural right wing. Pacioretty does have a pesky modified-NTC that prevents him from being traded to 10 teams.
So what does this have to do with the Bruins? The Bruins still need to gain that one piece that can put them over the top. With the roster pretty much settled and skewing younger on defense, the missing piece is 20+ goal scorer. The Bruins should be in on one of them. Can you imagine a sizable guy, 6’2″, 215 scoring 30 goals alongside David Krejci? How about a smaller, consistent 20+ goal scorer who can play either side? Yes, please.
At first, I look at Patches and remember the Habs stink that he once had. He hasn’t been on that team in nearly two years. It’s time to look past that and think of the scoring possibilities. Scoring is fun. Let’s have more of it. I have nothing against Marchessault and think he would be a fine addition. Again, scoring is fun. Let’s do more of it.
Now, the Bruins cap situation is a little less fluid. Currently with $2,982,686 in space, they can’t afford either of these guys without someone going back. However, with three players looking to start the season on IR (and one of them possibly spending the whole season there), there will be some cap flexibility. If Sweeney and Neely are on the hot seat, which I suspect could be the case, they should make some calls and make some serious offers.