Max Pacioretty Calls Out Golden Knights

All Max Pacioretty wanted was for the Vegas Golden Knights to take some accountability and if you ask the Carolina Hurricanes forward, that didn't come close to happening. Pacioretty was a recent guest on the Raw Knuckles Podcast and opened up about what 'actually' went on in Vegas.

The veteran forward was dealt from the Montreal Canadiens to the Golden Knights in 2018 and had this to say about the experience:

When I first got to Vegas, it was weird that there was, like, no accountability. And I’m not talking about in the team; I’m talking about like ever. You couldn’t feel pressure coming off anyone else, from the coach to the management. There was a relief when I got there. But then I found myself being like, ‘I’ve got to reel this in and hold myself to a higher standard which I had always done.’ But maybe I got away from it when I had everyone else holding me accountable (in Montreal)

Pacioretty continued as it sounds rather obvious things were much different in Montreal:

I mentioned that at the end of the year that no one is really holding us accountable. If we have a bad year like this, the city would be half on fire in Montreal. Here in Vegas, it’s 80 degrees, and it’s sunny. We’re getting our car washed and getting our organic food, and going to play golf. I was kind of like, ‘we’ve got to police this thing a little better amongst each other.’ I don’t want to say it was a country club, but you have no one from the outside holding you accountable.
A lot of these guys haven’t played somewhere else so they don’t know really what it’s like. I’ve felt myself personally it always gets the best out of you when my coach or someone else are demanding and hold you accountable and I found myself almost missing that a tiny bit when things went wrong this year.

Let's see how things turn out in Carolina as there will be some serious pressure to perform for the new look Hurricanes who have the Stanley Cup on their radar.

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