Vladimir Tarasenko Vegas Golden Knights trade rumor
Golden Knights linked to Vladimir Tarasenko in blockbuster NHL trade rumor.

The NHL trade deadline is rapidly approaching, and the Vegas Golden Knights are firmly in the spotlight. The Golden Knights have money to spend with Mark Stone on LTIR and Vegas is widely considered a team in the “buyer” category.

One persistent rumor that’s gained traction is the possibility of the Golden Knights making a serious play for Ottawa Senators star winger Vladimir Tarasenko.

NHL Network’s NHL Tonight segment broke down why this trade could be a win for Vegas. Tarasenko, a pure goal-scorer, would provide a major boost to the Knights’ forward group. Imagine him on a line with Jack Eichel! While his cap hit is sizable, Ottawa retaining salary could make the deal more palatable.

Could Tarasenko be the Missing Piece for Vegas?

Proposed Trade Scenario

Here’s a trade scenario floated by the NHL Network:

  • Ottawa Senators trade: Vladimir Tarasenko (50% salary retained)
  • Vegas Golden Knights trade: 2024 2nd round pick, Brendan Brisson (VGK #4 ranked prospect)

Would it Work?

This potential trade isn’t without flaws. Brendan Brisson is a highly-touted young forward, and the Golden Knights wouldn’t want to part with him lightly. Additionally, even with salary retention, Tarasenko would still eat up a chunk of Vegas’s limited salary cap.

However, the Knights, with Stanley Cup aspirations, clearly feel they need to bolster their offense. Tarasenko fits the bill. He’s a former 40-goal scorer and is still a potent offensive threat who adds a dangerous scoring element to any team. Time will tell if Vegas is bold enough to pull the trigger.

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