3 things the Vegas Golden Knights must do to return to the Stanley Cup Finals

Ladies and gentlemen, a new Stanley Cup champion is being crowned this month. What can the Vegas Golden Knights do to hoist the prestigious trophy again?
US President Joe Biden hosts the Stanley Cup champion Vegas Golden Knights
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More forward depth for the Vegas Golden Knights

Bringing Marchessault back keeps the top line strong, giving Jack Eichel another scoring option. However, that leaves the other lines yearning for more help, from the second to the fourth. That's the issue with losing starters such as Chandler Stephenson and William Carrier.

Granted, players such as Paul Cotter and Pavel Dorofeyev should take the next step. Therefore, it makes filling the voids from free agency much more bearable. However, there are still a couple of problems. For one, there's still a starting forward or two that general manager Kelly McCrimmon can get. There's no way both Stephenson and Marchessault are brought back unless drastic changes are made.

There's also the injury bug that ravaged the team in recent years. It's affected every beloved player, from Mark Stone to William Karlsson. The emphasis on depth is more important than ever, with functional pieces ready to step in. There will likely be a trade or two made to ease the salary cap pressure. However, McCrimmon can put the team back in contention by emphasizing a great forward group in free agency.