The 2023 trade deadline is rapidly approaching, and the Vegas Golden Knights are expected to be one of several teams to make a major move given their large amount of cap space.
That cap space, of course, came at a cost, as Mark Stone was forced to undergo back surgery and could miss the remainder of the season. However, it has also allowed the Golden Knights to place his $9.5 million cap hit on long-term injured reserve, opening up plenty of space to add a top-end player at or prior to the March 3 deadline.
One player the Golden Knights have been linked to, and perhaps the best of the bunch available, is San Jose Sharks forward Timo Meier. The 26-year-old is a near guarantee to be dealt as he and the Sharks have not been able to agree upon a contract extension. Despite his team’s struggles, he has been very good once again in 2022-23 with 30 goals and 51 points through 52 outings.
The recent link between the Golden Knights and Timo Meier was made by NHL analyst Kevin Weekes, though he also mentioned that potential targets for the Sharks forward may include the New Jersey Devils, Carolina Hurricanes, and the New York Rangers. Given the high interest, the price to acquire the Swiss star won’t come cheap, though he is likely worth whatever the cost given just how talented of a player he is.
On top of his elite skill level, Meier is also a bit of a Swiss army knife, as he can play both left and right wing, which could make him even more valuable to Golden Knights head coach Bruce Cassidy. If acquired, one couldn’t help but imagine how great of a fit he could be alongside Jack Eichel and Jonathan Marchessault on the top line. This is definitely a situation to monitor over the coming days and weeks.
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