Knights sign forward Marchessault to six-year contract extension
January 04, 2018 9:01 AM
by Mark Mayer
The Vegas Golden Knights took a major step in making its future look as rosy as the present by signing forward Jonathan Marchessault to a six-year contract extension through the 2023-24 season worth an average annual value of $5 million.
Marchessault has tallied a team-high 37 points (15 G, 22 A) to go with 20 penalty minutes in 35 games this season. He is ranked in the top 25 in the NHL in scoring (22nd) and his 22 assists are a career-high.
Over the course of his of his five seasons in the NHL, Marchessault has recorded 107 points (53 G, 54 A) to go with 75 penalty minutes in 159 games with the Golden Knights, Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus Blue Jackets. He recorded the first 30-goal season of his career last year as a member of the Florida Panthers and set career highs in goals (30), points (51) and games played (75).
The Cap-Rouge, Quebec, Canada native was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights during the 2017 Expansion Draft on June 21 from the Florida Panthers.
The next big decision figures to be how long the Golden Knights keep William Karlsson, who has a career high 20 goals, along with top expansion picks goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and forward James Neal.
As an expansion team conventional wisdom would have suggested Fleury and Neal could be dealt to a prospective playoff team so the Golden Knights could acquire players that would figure in their long range plans. But the Knights have the best record in the Western Conference, shattered all records for first-year NHL teams and are arguably enjoying the greatest opening season of any team in sports history.
Vegas is in action tonight at St. Louis in the first of a difficult back-to-back road trip that concludes Friday in Chicago. The G-Knights return to T-Mobile Arena for a Sunday clash with the New York Rangers before taking a five-day break.