Max Pacioretty

Carolina Hurricanes transferred star winger Max Pacioretty to the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday in a salary-clearing move.

The Hurricanes have acquired defenseman Dylan Coghlan and forward Max Pacioretty in exchange for future considerations, according to the teams’ joint announcement.

The 33-year-old Pacioretty has spent the last four seasons with the Vegas Golden Knights. The Montreal Canadiens transferred him to Vegas in 2019 in exchange for center Nick Suzuki, Tomas Tatar, and a second-round draught pick.

A season marred by injuries cost Pacioretty and the Golden Knights their first-ever postseason appearance, and he finished with 37 points in 39 games. With the Golden Knights, he scored and assisted on 97 goals. He’s under contract for one more year with a salary cap hit of $7 million.

2021-22 Vegas Golden Knights Player Review: Max Pacioretty was stellar when  healthy but missed 43 games - Knights On Ice

It was a priority to add offensive firepower and improve the team’s power play in the offseason, Carolina general manager Don Waddell said in a press release. “Max certainly checks those boxes.” With the signing of this player, we now have an elite scorer and a veteran voice in our locker room.”

A veteran of 88 games in his second NHL campaign, Coghlan, 24, is gearing up for his third. He scored 19 points. Before that, he spent two seasons with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.

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Waddell described Dylan as a “young, right-shooting defenceman” who “fits our system” perfectly. His ability to take away time and space and play fast defensively is a big draw for us.”

So, the Golden Knights saved $7.76 million in salary cap space all told. Reilly Smith, an unrestricted free agent forward, required a contract extension since the Suns were around $2 million over the salary cap.

Pacioretty provides the Hurricanes with a goal-scoring winger they’ve been lacking. They acquired Brent Burns, a veteran defenseman from the San Jose Sharks, in a deal on Wednesday as well.

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