With Jonathan Marchessault’s recent sighting in a Montreal Canadiens jersey, could we see an original six Misfit go to an original six team?
Jonathan Marchessault, one of the original Golden Misfits in Vegas, holds both a Stanley Cup championship and the coveted Conn Smythe Award for playoff MVP with the Golden Knights, adding weight to his reputation across the league.
However, Marchessault becomes an unrestricted free agent (UFA) after the 2023-24 season, giving reason to believe he may sign somewhere else. With Vegas having little cap space and other teams, such as Montreal, on the hunt for talent to make a push back to the playoffs, it might actually make sense to see him on another team like Montreal next year.
Adding fuel to the fire, not only is Marchessault a Quebec native, but the recent sight of him donning a Canadiens jersey at the Gagne-Bergeron Pro-Am event in Montreal has made some fans question whether a trade for Marchessault or signing him in the offseason could actually be possible.
Montreal Canadiens fans, known for being some of the most passionate and loyal fans in the league, responded with enthusiasm. Social media buzzed as fans wholeheartedly embraced the idea of Marchessault donning the Habs’ jersey for official games, telling their team’s General Manager Kent Hughes to “make it happen.”
The mere possibility of him sporting the red, white, and blue has ignited spirited discussions, injecting dynamism into the already vibrant NHL scene.
While a trade or free agent signing remains in the realm of speculation, Marchessault’s choice to sport the Canadiens jersey, as well as his pending UFA status, has raised some questions about where he may be playing come 2024.