On Tuesday the team announced that Carolina Hurricanes forward Max Pacioretty will be undergoing a torn Achilles surgery and will possibly remain sidelined for the first six months of the upcoming season. If he does make his return by the game’s time, his debut is expected to be sometime in February.
He was acquired from the Vegas Golden Knights on July 13th by the Carolina Hurricanes. The 33-year-old is expected to go through the medical procedure on Wednesday. He also missed a considerable amount of time with the Vegas team as he suffered from a lower-body injury and wrist surgery.
Max Pacioretty will be joining the lineup later in the season
As of now, according to nhl.com, Max Pacioretty has a total score of 37 points with 19 goals and 18 assists in 39 games with the Golden Knights. With the Knights and the Montreal Canadiens, he has a total score of 642 points with 323 goals and 319 assists in 850 games and 49 points with 25 goals and 24 assists in 74 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell said in a press release after acquiring Pacioretty, “Adding offensive firepower and improving our power play were priorities this offseason, and Max certainly checks those boxes”. “This acquisition gives us an elite scorer and another veteran voice in our dressing room.”
Competitors have always eyed Hurricanes as a suitable foe, even without Pacioretty, but with him in the lineup, they will be legit title contenders. The 33-year-old was acquired by the Montreal Canadiens during the 2007 NHL Draft in the first round as the 22nd overall. In 626 games with the team, he tallied 226 goals and 222 assists, as recorded on B/R.