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Kelly McCrimmon claps back after harsh comments from Jonathan Marchessault


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Graham Montgomery
July 2, 2024  (11:15 PM)
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Golden Knights general manager Kelly McCrimmon speaking to the media
Photo credit: Vegas Golden Knights

Vegas Golden Knights general manager Kelly McCrimmon is firing back at Jonathan Marchessault today after the beloved forward left the team in free agency.

Yesterday, Marchessault revealed that he felt the Golden Knights never gave him a reasonable contract offer ahead of the July 1st free agency deadline. He stated that he felt like he wasn't part of the team's plans going forward, despite winning the Conn Smythe with them just two years ago.
Marchessault to @TSN_Sports on leaving Vegas- "The tough part is there wasn't really a decent offer on the table. I don't think they tried their best to keep me, but that's part of the business and they probably have other plans. That's the business we're in so you move on."

McCrimmon made his own statement today, although he did not give any details to explain his thought process. He simply cast the comments away, referencing Marchessault's personality as the reason for the comments.
McCrimmon says "this couldn't be further from the truth" and he "disagrees" with it. Chalked it up to Marchessault being a fiery guy.

Marchessault was perhaps the most beloved Golden Knight still with the team last season. The only player that could come close was Marc-Andre Fleury, whom the team infamously traded for nothing the year after he won the Vezina trophy. Needless to say, Knights fans are not particularly happy about the way the team has managed their top players.
No one represents the Golden Knights more or better than Conn Smythe-winner, Jonathan Marchessault.

And they are letting him walk out the door after he continuously expressed a willingness and desire to stay.

Unconscionable.

Furthermore, Marchessault is currently the franchise leader in just about every skater stat the league keeps track of.
Jonathan Marchessault is the franchise leader in...

-Goals
-Points
-Games Played
-Shots
-Game-winning Goals
-Overtime Goals
-Power Play Points
-Playoff Goals
-Playoff Points
-Playoff Games Played
-Playoff +/-
-Playoff Shots

This is just the latest shrewd move from the Golden Knights. Who will be the next player to leave the team on bad terms?
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Kelly McCrimmon claps back after harsh comments from Jonathan Marchessault

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