Vegas Golden Knights create cap space, ship ‘elite scorer’ Max Pacioretty to Carolina Hurricanes

The Vegas Golden Knights traded star winger Max Pacioretty to the Carolina Hurricanes in a payroll deal on Wednesday.

Pacioretty and defenseman Dylan Coghlan have been transferred to the Hurricanes for future considerations, the teams said.

Pacioretty, 33, has played the last four seasons with the Golden Knights. He spent the first 10 years of his career with the Montreal Canadiens, who traded him to Vegas in 2019 for center Nick Suzuki, Tomas Tatar and a second-round pick.

Pacioretty scored 37 points in 39 games in an injury-plagued 2021-22 season as the Golden Knights failed to make the postseason for the first time. He had 97 goals and 97 assists in 224 games with the Golden Knights. He has one year left on his contract with a $7 million salary cap.

“Adding offensive firepower and improving our power play have been priorities this offseason, and Max is definitely checking those boxes,” Carolina general manager Don Waddell said in a press release. “This acquisition gives us an elite goalscorer and another veteran voice in our dressing room.”

The 24-year-old Coghlan is entering his third NHL season after 88 games. He had 19 points. Before that, he played two seasons with the AHL Chicago Wolves.

“Dylan is a young right-footed defender who fits well into our system,” Waddell said. “We like his ability to take time and space and play fast defensively.”

Overall, the Golden Knights saved $7.76 million in cap space. Vegas was roughly $2 million over the salary cap and had to give Reilly Smith, the unrestricted free-agent forward, a contract extension.

For the Hurricanes, Pacioretty gives them an experienced goalscoring winger that their lineup needed. He’s the second significant veteran they added Wednesday after he was also traded for San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns. Vegas Golden Knights create cap space, ship ‘elite scorer’ Max Pacioretty to Carolina Hurricanes

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