Jonathan Marchessault delivers parting shot at Vegas

The 2023 Conn Smythe Trophy winner is calling out his now-former club.

Michael W.

It's the end of an era with the Vegas Golden Knights, as another one of the original "misfits" is on his way out of town after a productive tenure in Sin City.

Forward Jonathan Marchessault, who scored 42 goals in 2023-24 after having won the Conn Smythe Trophy after helping the Golden Knights to the 2023 Stanley Cup, has signed with the Nashville Predators for $5.5 million a season for the next five years.

And on his way out, he delivered a parting shot at the Golden Knights, accusing them of essentially ditching him and saying that he felt they did not "tried their best to keep me."

"It was pretty tough, to be honest. The tough part of it was there wasn't really a decent offer on the table," Marchessault said. "It's part of the business and they probably have other plans. That's the business we're in so you move on and I think Nashville was the best fit for me. I'm at a point in my career where I don't want to just play hockey games. I want to win hockey games. Going there, I think everybody is on the same page and we want to win. I'm definitely excited to get there."

Marchessault then explained that he wanted to sign an extension with the Golden Knights last summer, but that the team didn't oblige him then, either. 

"I asked last summer. I said I would rather do it in the summer before the season," Marchessault previously said. "They said they're not ready to do that, and after there's not even a single talk that I've had during the season. I don't know."

In what was his final season with the Golden Knights, Marchessault established a new career-high with 42 goals scored. He's part of what was a massive day of additions for the Predators, who also acquired Steven Stamkos and Brady Skjei. 

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Source: KTNV