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Golden Knights GM claims Jonathan Marchessault is lying about offer


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Josh Tupper
July 3, 2024  (9:50)
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Vegas Golden Knights GM Kelly McCrimmon claims that Jonathan Marchessault is lying about not receiving a good offer.

The Nashville Predators made a significant impact in the NHL free agency market on July 1, acquiring three prominent players: Steven Stamkos, Jonathan Marchessault, and Brady Skjei. While Marchessault is thrilled with his new team, he recently expressed in an interview that the Vegas Golden Knights, his former team, didn't make a notable effort to retain him.
Marchessault's statement prompted a response from Kelly McCrimmon, the General Manager of the Vegas Golden Knights. McCrimmon refuted Marchessault's claim, stating that the team did, in fact, make a concerted effort to keep him. This contradicts Marchessault's assertion that Vegas failed to present a compelling offer.
After signing with the Predators, Marchessault addressed the media, reiterating that the Golden Knights never extended a satisfactory offer. This exchange highlights the different perspectives on the negotiations between Marchessault and the Golden Knights, with McCrimmon's response aiming to set the record straight on the team's efforts to retain the player.
"The tough part is there wasn't really a decent offer on the table. I don't think they tried their best to keep me, but that's part of the business and they probably have other plans. That's the business we're in so you move on."

It's an interesting statement from a player who recently won a Stanley Cup with the Golden Knights, and was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Stanley Cup Playoff MVP in the process. When asked about the comments McCrimmon said the following
"McCrimmon says 'this couldn't be further from the truth' and he 'disagrees' with it. Chalked it up to Marchessault being a fiery guy."

McCrimmon shared that Marchessault was the only free agent that the team even extended an offer to after the season. McCrimmon claimed Marchessault wanted too much term.
"McCrimmon says Marchessault was the only one of their own free agents the Golden Knights spoke to following the season.

Said he thought they were on the way to finishing a deal but the day prior to the draft things changed. Said Marchessault wanted 5 years and the 'data doesn't support' giving him that contract."

Marchessault got the five years he wanted from the Nashville Predators, with an average annual value of $5.5 million.
Source: Blade of Steel
Golden Knights GM responds to accusations from Jonathan Marchessault
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