Max Pacioretty has been unlucky in the past year, suffering two Achilles tendon tears.
His second injury in the space of just a few months ended his season, the former captain of CH being able to play only five games in 2022-2023.
We wondered what his sores meant for the rest of things because Pacioretty is 34 years old. Him, it seems that he wants to continue his career in the NHL…
And currently, his name is generating attention across the league. Frank Seravalli isn’t ruling out a return to Carolina for next season, but he’s also establishing that the 2023 cohort of free agents allows him to be one of the intriguing players on the market.
The main interested party should therefore not have too many problems in order to find a new agreement for next year.
Now it will only remain to see if he is able to stay healthy.
Max Pacioretty and Connor Brown garner significant interest in free agency https://t.co/WRZllmgN87
—Daily Faceoff (@DailyFaceoff) June 21, 2023
The Flyers, aggressive… But not that much
It surprises me a little to see Daniel Brière saying out loud that we shouldn’t necessarily expect to see the Flyers add another first-round pick to their bank.
Are they trying to bluff everyone?
After all, the club is entering a long reconstruction… And now is the time to liquidate the stock which is still good.
It’s like a garage sale, basically.
On the other hand, the new Flyers GM is right in saying that it takes two people to dance. It’s a fact, and it can be hard to find a dance partner in the NHL.
But, there again… Given that the club will clearly not be making the playoffs in the next few years, it seems that I would have liked to see them be more aggressive in their search for the trade market.
Danny Briere on chance of Flyers getting another 1st round pick: « We’re having discussions with different teams. I’d probably say it’s not likely, but we’re definitely looking at every avenue … We’re trying, no doubt about it , but you need a dancing partner as well. »
— Adam Kimelman (@NHLAdamK) June 22, 2023
Blake Wheeler in Winnipeg, it may be over
In the NHL, it’s quite rare to see a team remove the captaincy from one of its players… And yet, the Jets did it last year with Blake Wheeler.
The veteran has always said he understands the decision, but in the end, it must always be a bit hard to swallow.
In Winnipeg, it’s unclear what awaits the team in the near future. Pierre-Luc Dubois is on his way out, as is Connor Hellebuyck…
And Mark Scheifele, he will be eligible for full autonomy in the summer of 2024. The chances of seeing him leave are high, it seems… And the same speech applies to Wheeler.
In fact, the former Jets captain and the team are currently working on the possibility of seeing the player bought out. It would be a mutual agreement to allow Wheeler to sign a contract elsewhere, probably to give him the opportunity to win a Stanley Cup before retiring…
Because there is no one who will be interested in trading for his services with his $8.25 million contract next season.
To the contrary, Blake Wheeler’s relationship with the Winnipeg Jets isn’t as fractured as some may believe. If bought out it’ll be a mutual split. #Gojetsgo
—Andy Strickland (@andystrickland) June 22, 2023
Good veterans will be available this summer
Nick Foligno, Corey Perry, Erik Johnson, Paul Stastny, Zach Parise, Marc Staal, Phil Kessel, Milan Lucic and Ryan Reaves.
These players all have at least something in common. They are aging, but they still have the potential to help an NHL team next season.
We agree, it would be a bit surprising to see these guys sign a new agreement with a team that does not aspire to great honors. Unless you absolutely want to play a role of mentor within a team that is in reconstruction, it just doesn’t make sense.
Often, it is said that veterans are important in a team, especially in the playoffs. The players named above could become low-risk bets for some NHL clubs…
And it’s to be expected that these guys, because of their experience, will receive (at least) a professional invite to some NHL camps.
For those wondering: no, I don’t see one in particular in Montreal… Except maybe Corey Perry, who already loves the city.
ICYMI: They are in their mid-30’s and still have something left to give. Looking at the affordable veterans available in NHL free agency starting next week. https://t.co/9IKfSYfIgw
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 22, 2023
A lot of
NHLPA Exec Dir, Marty Walsh addressed the NHL Board of Governors today. He acknowledged the importance of a return to the Olympics and International play as a top priority for the players.
—Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 22, 2023
– That’s saying something.
Missing the announcement of your induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame because you are about to be named Chevalier de l’ordre national du Québec says enough about an athlete’s career.
Interview with Caroline Ouellette https://t.co/fDXiX3Uwd7
— Simon-Olivier Lorange (@SO_Lorange) June 22, 2023
– It’s a great challenge.
Chris Boucher wants to train the next generation of tomorrow https://t.co/sVcqo7t48S
– Radio-Canada Sports (@RC_Sports) June 22, 2023
– I can not wait to see it.
CF Montreal | Effort and depth, important themes for the second half of the season https://t.co/MMB1FkbuyX
– The Sports Press (@LaPresse_Sports) June 22, 2023