Golden Knights fans blast management for letting Jonathan Marchessault walk

Another original misfit is leaving Vegas, and fans aren't happy.

Michael W.

In less than a decade of existence since entering the National Hockey League in 2017, the Vegas Golden Knights have been to the Stanley Cup Final twice while raising the hallowed chalice on their second opportunity last year. And on a slightly less happy note, they've also been absolutely ruthless when it comes to players and coaches, while also garnering plenty of controversy for their maneuvering around the constraints of the salary cap. 

Another original misfit from the inaugural season was not retained, as Jonathan Marchessault couldn't come to terms on a new deal with Vegas and instead took his talents to the Nashville Predators. Marchessault threw some shade at Vegas management, essentially implying that they didn't want him back. He also voiced his displeasure over the fact that no contract was worked out when he would have preferred ahead of las season.

Of course, this isn't the first time that a fan favorite left town under less than amenable circumstances. Marc-Andre Fleury was unceremoniously traded to the basement dwelling Chicago Blackhawks immediately after winning the Vezina Trophy as the League's top goaltender, and reportedly found out about the move on social media. 

After the official X (formerly known as Twitter) account of the Golden Knights posted a goodbye message to Marchessault shortly after his deal with the Predators became official, fans immediately began voicing their displeasure with the fact that he wasn't retained despite being a fan favorite and reaching a career-high 42 goals in 2023-24.

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