Vegas Golden Knights expected to move on from four key players this off-season

Tom Banks
June 3, 2024  (2:06 PM)

Alec Martinez of the Vegas Golden Knights.
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The Vegas Golden Knights had a disappointing end to their 2024 season, and now they head into the off-season ready to completely change up their roster.

The Vegas Golden Knights won their first Stanley Cup a year ago, and in 2024 they were expected to repeat, but ultimately fell in round one of the Stanley Cup playoffs to the Dallas Stars. Now, they're looking to make big changes heading into the off-season, as the Golden Knights are reportedly moving on from four key pieces, including William Carrier and Alec Martinez, who both played huge roles in that Stanley Cup win.
"Here's what we know so far: forwards Michael Amadio, William Carrier and Anthony Mantha will not be brought back. All three are aware and are planning to test the free agent market July 1. Defenceman Alec Martinez doesn't appear to have a spot on the blueline any longer; he'll be 37 in late-July and word is he's evaluating his options." Pagnotta said.
That report comes from David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period, and given the additions that Vegas have made recently with Noah Hanifin and Tomas Hertl, it makes sense that they need to clear some cap space. Beyond Martinez, the team will lose another deadline acquisition in Anthony Mantha, as well as an underrated piece in Michael Amadio.
On top of this report, it's believed the team may lose Conn Smythe winner Jonathan Marchesseault in free agency, so when the Golden Knights return to the ice for the 2024-25 season, we may be looking at a very different lineup.
Source: Blade of Steel