Vegas Golden Knights Trade Candidate Report: Frank Vatrano

The trade deadline is a week away and the Vegas Golden Knights need some players. Here's a look at one of the potential candidates, Frank Vatrano.

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2. Who Else Wants Frank Vatrano?

Frank Vatrano
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The New York Rangers are the first team that comes to mind. General manager Chris Drury has also been looking for forward depth for the Blueshirts and Frank Vatrano would be a perfect fit. Considering Vatrano is a former Ranger in his own right, the forward coming back to the Big Apple makes sense. Teams such as the Colorado Avalanche, Detroit Red Wings, and the Toronto Maple Leafs are also eyeing his services.

One aspect that favors the Vegas Golden Knights is their current draft capital. The Rangers have given up six draft picks for the next three seasons, with a 2025 conditional pick to Dallas potentially being a part of that. The Golden Knights have their picks between rounds 1-3 for the next three drafts, giving them a distinct advantage.

The Golden Knights also have the advantage in salary cap space, with their current number sitting at $6.8 million. New York sits at $4.3 million, so it makes sense for Vegas to swing a trade for the All-Star. Here, the Golden Knights can take on more salary than the Rangers.