Sunday thoughts about the hockey summer

Vegas Golden Knights fans are anxiously waiting for October to come for another NHL season. Here are some thoughts about the offseason and Stanley Cup playoffs.
2023 Upper Deck NHL Draft - Rounds 2-7
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Who could come in if Jonathan Marchessault leaves?

This is one thought Vegas Golden Knights fans hope doesn't happen. However, each passing day without a deal heightens the possibility of him not returning. Therefore, other alternatives are at play, including a potential trade for Mitch Marner.

Fans are split on whether Vegas should go after the Maple Leafs star in free agency. Concerns about his incoming price tag, among other things, stick out. After all, you're not getting a superstar just for a rental. That's what happened with Noah Hanifin, who got a nice extension after he was acquired by the Golden Knights.

Other options include Jake Guentzel, who's dealing with the same scenario as Jonathan Marchessault. There are concerns he might be too pricey for the Carolina Hurricanes. He might be a younger, bigger replacement than Marchessault. But there are also players like Steven Stamkos who are also in that same boat. Buckle up, hockey fans. This free agency period is going to be wild.