Golden Knights forced to trade Max Pacioretty to Hurricanes for cap reasons

The Carolina Hurricanes are the beneficiaries of the Vegas Golden Knights cap crunch. On Wednesday, they acquired forward Max Pacioretty and defenseman Dylan Coghlan in exchange for future considerations.

Pacioretty, 33, scored 37 points including 19 goals in an injury plagued season that limited him to 39 games last season. The scoring forward spent 10 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens before landing in Vegas via trade for the past four years. He has amassed 642 points in 850 games.

This is the final season of a four-year deal that comes with an AAV of $7 million.

Max Pacioretty traded to the Hurricanes

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Apr 9, 2022; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Vegas Golden Knights left wing Max Pacioretty (67) and center Jack Eichel (9) leave the ice after defeating the Arizona Coyotes at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

After the trade of Pacioretty, the Golden Knights went from over the cap by $2 million to being able to accommodate a five-year deal at $5M AAV for Reilly Smith.

Also moved in the deal Dylan Coglan and his $762,500 cap hit.

Coghlan, 24, has played 88 NHL games for the Golden Knights over the past two seasons. He had 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 59 games last season. He will be an RFA with arbitration rights in next summer.

Earlier in the day, the Hurricanes traded for defenseman Brent Burns from the San Jose Sharks after losing center Vincent Trocheck to the New York Rangers via free agency.