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Vegas Golden Knights forward Chandler Stephenson has been an integral part of the team’s success over the past four seasons. However, the whispers around the league are growing louder: Stephenson may not be returning to the desert next season.

With his four-year, $2.75 million AAV contract expiring on July 1st, the versatile forward is poised to hit the open market. While the Golden Knights would undoubtedly love to retain his services, their limited salary cap space makes a significant raise for Stephenson a challenging prospect.

Golden Knights’ Stephenson Drawing Interest from Multiple Teams

Stephenson’s value is undeniable. His ability to play center or wing, contribute offensively (averaging nearly 50 points per season), and be a reliable two-way player makes him a coveted asset for any team looking to bolster their forward depth.

NHL rumors suggest a growing list of potential suitors, with the Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Nashville Predators reportedly among those interested in his services. The Bruins and Maple Leafs, both perennial contenders, could see Stephenson as the missing piece to push them over the top. Meanwhile, the Predators might view him as a key veteran presence to help their young core develop.

What’s Next for Stephenson?

While the speculation continues, one thing is certain: the free agency period promises to be an intriguing one for Chandler Stephenson. The allure of a substantial raise, a fresh start, or a chance to chase a Stanley Cup with a new team might prove too tempting to resist.

For the Golden Knights, losing Stephenson would be a significant blow. Replacing his production and versatility won’t be easy. However, the reality of the salary cap era is that difficult decisions often have to be made.

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