Pacioretty and Burns buried the hatchet


Forward Max Pacioretty thinks he can be a good complement and help the Carolina Hurricanes achieve their goal: winning the Stanley Cup.

In a press conference, the day after the exchange which made him go from the Vegas Golden Knights to the “Canes”, the American explained that he did not want to make waves and integrate quickly.

Watch his remarks in the video above.

« I just want to do my part to help this team win, » he said. She’s so close [de gagner une coupe Stanley]. I intend to contribute and put my shoulder to the wheel.”

Obtained against future considerations, which means for free, Pacioretty praised the work of his new employer.

« I feel like during all the off seasons, Don [Waddell, le directeur général] and all the guys here in Carolina are trying to add pieces to the puzzle.”

The 33-year-old veteran has also clarified what type of ‘puzzle piece’ he thinks he is.

« My job is to put the puck in the back of the net, » said the former captain of the Montreal Canadiens. I think I’ve done it very well throughout my career. I work hard every day to make sure I don’t lose my offensive skills. »

Since 2013-2014, Pacioretty has never scored less than 17 goals in a season. Last year, he hit the target 19 times in 39 games, having been hampered by several injuries.

From enemies to teammates

Pacioretty isn’t the only veteran the Hurricanes got in a trade on Wednesday, as they also landed defenseman Brent Burns.

The latter and Pacioretty were at the heart of the rivalry between the San Jose Sharks and the Golden Knights. They also experienced several acrimonious moments on the icy surface. The two skaters took the time to call each other and bury the hatchet.

« We talked about the times we would butt each other out, » Pacioretty said with a smile.

“He joked that he was going to be able to win the Lady-Byng trophy, because he won’t have to try to hit me in the face anymore. We had a blast last year. He’s a fierce competitor and that’s what makes him such a good player. »

Pacioretty also believes that becoming a member of the Hurricanes at the same time as his former enemy will allow him to make an easier transition.

“To come here with Burns is great. We will be able to rely on each other and that will help us to integrate more quickly with the group,” he said.

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