Just hours after the Vegas Golden Knights announced they’ve acquired Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty, they’ve now announced the 29-year-old winger to a four-year extension that kicks in at the end of the season.
His new deal sees him with the Golden Knights for the next five-years, earning his current $4.5 mil salary for the upcoming season, and $7 mil when his new deal kicks in next summer.
Unless Vegas make any more signings between now and the start of next season, Pacioretty will be tied with netminder Marc Andre Fleury for the highest paid player on the roster, with Fleury’s new contract worth $7 mil also kicking in next summer.
After spending his entire career in Montreal since making his debut in 2008, he was shipped to Vegas in a deal for Tomas Tatar, prospect Nick Suzuki and a second round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.
Tatar was acquired by Vegas in February and didn’t really turn out to worth the first, second and third round picks Vegas gave up to get him, and Suzuki is a little while off cracking an NHL roster, and let’s not bother discussing the trade value of a second round pick that we have no idea how it’ll turn out for a while.
In the move, Vegas get a great return while giving up fair market value. If Tatar has a bounce back in Montreal, good for him, but I think the trust wasn’t there that he could do that in the desert.
Adding Pacioretty gives Vegas a real shot at going for it all again in just their second year of existence.
Vegas may have lost some key guys like James Neal over the summer, but adding Pacioretty, Paul Stastny, re-signing William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchesault and others just puts them in a great position going forward.
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