Hurricanes re-sign Martin Necas, lose Max Pacioretty for six months (Achilles)

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Nov 3, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Martin Necas (88) is congratulated for scoring a goal during the third period against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Hurricanes re-signed forward Martin Necas to a two-year, $6 million contract on Tuesday.

Necas will earn $2.5 million this season and $3.5 million in 2023-24. He was a restricted free agent.

The 23-year-old Necas scored 40 points (14 goals, 26 assists) in a career-high 78 games last season.

Necas scored a career-best 16 goals in 2019-20 and posted a career-high 41 points in 2020-21. He has 45 goals and 74 assists (119 points) in 203 games over part of five seasons with the Hurricanes.

He has 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) in 33 career playoff games.

“Martin is a dynamic young playmaker,” Carolina general manager Don Waddell said in a news release. “He has an elite combination of speed and skill and we think he’ll only continue to improve.”

Necas was a first-round pick (12th overall) in the 2017 draft by the Hurricanes.

Max Pacioretty out six months after Achilles surgery

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Jun 4, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Vegas Golden Knights left wing Max Pacioretty (67) engages the crowd after being named first star of the game after the Golden Knights defeated the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 in game three of the second round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes forward Max Pacioretty, acquired just last month, will undergo surgery to repair a torn Achilles and be sidelined six months.

Carolina general manager Don Waddell said the surgery will be performed Wednesday at Raleigh Orthopaedic.

The Hurricanes acquired the 33-year-old from Vegas on July 13. It’s unclear when Pacioretty suffered the injury.

Pacioretty had 37 points (19 goals, 18 assists) in 39 games last season. He missed substantial time due to foot and wrist injuries.

Pacioretty spent 10 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens (2009-18) before playing for Vegas the past four seasons. He has 323 career goals and 642 points in 850 games.

Pacioretty is entering the final season of a four-year, $28 million deal. He is set to earn $5.25 million in 2022-23.

–Field Level Media