Max Pacioretty reportedly at Las Vegas bargain market

Max Pacioretty reportedly at Las Vegas bargain market

The free agent market will open in a few minutes and, as it happens every year, many rumors, some more surprising than others, are going around the planet. hockey.

The most recent concerns the Golden Knights… and Max Pacioretty.

What? Pacioretty in the trade bloc?

According to Elliotte Friedman, the Golden Knights – and their legendary tact – are trying to free up millions in accounting dollars and to do so, they may have targeted the American forward as a bargaining chip.

You have to understand that the Golden Knights were taken by the throat at the end of last season… that they traded Evgenii Dadonov, but the latter canceled that transaction… that they finished the season with several players in the LTIR…and that they will soon announce the signing (contract extension) of Reilly Smith: 3 seasons with an average annual salary of $5 million. An agreement that would have been concluded at the deadline of the transactions, according to David Pagnotta.

They are also expected to announce the signing of Brett Howden.

Let’s just say the addition of Jack Eichel gave the Las Vegas payroll manager some accounting headaches.

The Knights currently have $2.6 million over the cap on their payroll … and with Smith and Howden, that will be unmanageable!

Remember that Keegan Kolesar and Nicolas Roy could also ask to go to arbitration, which would only make things worse.

I want to believe that Shea Weber’s contract can be placed on the long-term disabled list, but he will eventually run out of money on the books in Las Vegas …

Pacioretty, 33, will earn a real salary of $5.25 million in 2022-23, after which he will be eligible for full free agency. But his maximum limit will be $7 million. He provided a list of 10 teams he doesn’t want to be traded to to manage the Golden Knights.

He has just had a season of 37 points in 39 games, a season in which he had to distributor with some injuries.

No, there is no chance of seeing him return to Montreal. ZERO! And this, even though the team is looking for a new captain, hehe…

Remember that in the end, the CH will have obtained Nick Suzuki and Mattias Norlinder in exchange for their former captain.

I wonder what the Golden Knights can expect to get for Pacioretty (whose rumored presence isn’t a Las Vegas first).

A lot of

– Lane Hutson has amazing hands.

– Retirement for Cody McLeod.

– Johnny Gaudreau would be closer to the Devils than the Flyers. Reminder: he and his wife are from Philly and New Jersey, it’s not too far from Philly. The Flyers don’t have as much cap space as the Devils. Gaudreau had 115 points in 2021-22.

– Simon Gagné joins the staff of Patrick Roy in Quebec.

– Yet!?

– See in September, a few weeks before the World Cup.

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