TSN Insider Trading took a look at NHL teams getting back down to business now that the NHL and NHLA have worked out some of the financial issues on Tuesday. In one report, TSN’s Frank Seravalli notes that the Vegas Golden Knights are trying to trade forward Max Pacioretty.
Servalli says the “Golden Knights have doubled down in recent days and weeks in an attempt to try and move Max Pacioretty.” He adds:
“He’s got three years left at $7 million per year coming off of a 32-goal shortened season and you think back to this previous offseason and they were trying to move any number of players on their team to try and gain salary cap flexibility, there’s no question the team is over the cap at this point, they believe that can be cap compliant by opening night.”
Seravalli goes on to say, “They believe Pacioretty would go a long way in terms of getting some of that flexibility and also enabling them to potentially take a run at any number of the high-profile free agents that remains unsigned at this point, like a Mike Hoffman or an Erik Haula.”
It Sounds Like Vegas Is Keen to Move the Player
We’d heard before rumors that someone like a Pacioretty could be shopped by the Golden Knights as they looked for room to add Alex Pietrangelo but that talk died down when Pietrangelo was signed. Now that it appears Vegas can do more damage in free agency, they’re looking to shed some major cap space.
Pacioretty is a heck of a goal scorer but he’s also expensive for teams who don’t have much cap space. Could a club like Detroit or Ottawa get in on the action? Maybe Columbus or Nashville if it is believed Hoffman might be leaning towards Vegas?
Also, what would the value be in a trade? Is this a cap dump? Or, is Vegas actually trying to get something back besides cap space in return?
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