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Golden Knights seeking top-six help after Stone injury. Dreger links Toffoli, Buchnevich, Eberle to Vegas.

The Vegas Golden Knights just received crushing news. Captain and talismanic forward Mark Stone has been ruled out for the remainder of the regular season, throwing their playoff trajectory into serious doubt. This devastating setback means the Golden Knights will aggressively pursue a top-six forward to fill the considerable void left by Stone’s absence.

TSN’s NHL insider Darren Dreger dropped some interesting names during his “Insider Trading” segment, speculating on potential targets for Vegas. It seems the Golden Knights have their sights set on Tyler Toffoli, Pavel Buchnevich, and Jordan Eberle.

Golden Knights: Potential Replacements for Mark Stone

Let’s break down why each player makes sense:

  • Tyler Toffoli (New Jersey Devils):┬áToffoli is an experienced scorer with Stanley Cup pedigree. His familiarity with the Pacific Division adds an intriguing layer to his potential fit in Vegas.
  • Pavel Buchnevich (St. Louis Blues): Buchnevich is a dynamic playmaker who would add an element of skill and creativity sorely needed without Stone. His contract might be a sticking point, however.
  • Jordan Eberle (Seattle Kraken): Eberle is a proven goal scorer with a knack for finding the back of the net in crucial situations. His fit in Vegas as a potential short-term rental is sensible.

The salary cap will be a major factor in who the Golden Knights ultimately pursue. Mark Stone’s injury, unfortunately, opens up the possibility of placing him on long-term injured reserve (LTIR) which would create some financial flexibility. This could pave the way for the Golden Knights to chase a big fish at the NHL trade deadline.

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