Max Comtois To Gain 53-Point Bump In Standings With Impending PTO

After some rumors earlier in the day linking free agent Max Comtois to a couple of Metropolitan Division teams, it now appears that the defending Stanley Cup champion Vegas Golden Knights will be signing the former Anaheim Ducks winger to a PTO.

"I'm told Maxime Comtois could land a pro tryout (PTO) with the Vegas Golden Knights," wrote hockey insider Marc-Olivier Beaudoin. "Nothing official yet but it's heading towards that!"

After a breakout 2020-21 campaign that saw Comtois post 16 goals and 33 points in 55 games, the now-24-year-old has seen a significant downturn in his production. He's recorded just 16 and 19 points, respectively, in the last two seasons, with a combined plus-minus of minus-37 in an average of just 14 minutes TOI. 

The Ducks gave him his walking papers after the 2022-23 season by declining to give him a qualifying offer. It's possible that a change of scenery could help the former second-round pick unlock his potential, and what better change than going from the NHL's last-place team to the Stanley Cup champs. 

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