Vegas Golden Knights
I’m starting this list with a team that has a bit of a asterisk in front of it. As of writing this Vegas dropped conference finals or semi finals to the Montreal Canadiens, whatever you want to call the final four this year. This is a team that has had trouble scoring in several series.
This is also a team whos top line center is currently former Capital Chandler Stephenson. No disrespect to Chandler but a team who has had trouble offensively and is apparently lacking center depth maybe they will want to make a move for a top line center.
Something that will be a recurring theme here is mentioning Jack Eichel. I have heard several rumors or more like opinions that if Vegas does not win the Stanley Cup this season they could be in on Eichel. Basically because since they have come into the league they have been in on every big name available.
If they can’t get the grand prize of Eichel this season maybe they go cheaper. Both in contract and in asking price in Kuznetsov. Instead of going after Eichel and his $10m cap hit and having to give up a ton of assets to get him maybe they go to the Capitals and try to get Kuzy for $7.8m and he will be considerably cheaper to get.
Las Vegas is also one heck of a city. Most guys will have no issue of going to play there. On top of being a fun city it’s a Cup contender every year.
They could use a top line center and I tend to think Kuznetsov wouldn’t mind playing there. But after losing in the semi finals look for Vegas to go after a top line center.