Max Pacioretty will remain with the Vegas Golden Knights despite the forward’s name being mentioned in trade rumors, owner Bill Foley said.
“We’re not shopping [Pacioretty],” Foley told KLAS in Las Vegas on Wednesday. “We are, we do have (NHL salary) cap issues. And so, some of those things have to be resolved as we go forward and we start getting into the season, but he definitely is not being shopped.”
Pacioretty led the Golden Knights in goals (32) and points (66) in 71 games last season and scored eight points (five goals, three assists) in 16 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, when Vegas lost to the Dallas Stars in five games in the Western Conference Final.
The 32-year-old has three seasons remaining on a four-year, $28 million contract (average annual value $7 million) he signed with Vegas on Sept 10, 2018, the day after he was acquired in a trade with the Montreal Canadiens.
Selected by Montreal with the No. 22 pick in the 2007 NHL Draft, Pacioretty has scored 554 points (280 goals, 274 assists) in 763 regular-season games, and 38 points (20 goals, 18 assists) in 61 playoff games. In two seasons with the Golden Knights, he has scored 106 points (54 goals, 52 assists) in 137 regular-season games and 19 points (10 goals, nine assists) in 23 playoff games.
Pacioretty, who was the Canadiens captain for three seasons from 2015-18, has scored at least 30 goals in a season six times, including four straight from 2013-17.