Rumor: Max Pacioretty Finished in Vegas

According to Frank Seravalli of TSN, the Vegas Golden Knights have amped up their trade discussions involving Max Pacioretty, and from all accounts want him moved before the beginning of the regular season.

The Golden Knights sit with no cap space and would love to move out Pacioretty and his $7 million contract for the next three seasons. The 32-year-old has a modified no-trade clause where he submits a list of 10 teams he's not interested in playing for.

Vegas has been busy this offseason opening the vault to free-agent Alex Pietrangelo, and with the extension given to goaltender Robin Lehner, the team wants to re-tool and move around some funds. What's appealing for other clubs is the fact Pacioretty's actual cash amount goes down to $5.25 million the final two years of his deal.

The left-winger collected 32 goals in 2019-20, and scored 40 points in 66 games the year before. Pacioretty's 61 playoff games are also of interest to teams looking to bring in a veteran who can still produce.

Expect to see the New Jersey Devils, Nashville Predators and Columbus Blue Jackets make trade offers for Pacioretty.

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