Max Pacioretty's career hits another major road block

Published August 27, 2023 at 3:52 PM

Before he even played a game for the Carolina Hurricanes Max Pacioretty suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon. Pacioretty missed most of the season before making late season return to the Canes lineup. Unfortunately lightning struck twice and Pacioretty fell victim to the same injury once again.

This injury ended Patches' tenure with the Canes. On July 1st, Pacioretty became an unrestricted free agent and very quickly came to terms on a new deal with the Washington Capitals. The one-year $2,000,000 contract was viewed as Pacioretty's bounce back opportunity.

Today Capitals' Head Coach Spencer Carberry spoke to NHL.com about Patches progress and unfortunately it's not all good news.

I'm not sure of the exact timeline. I don't think he'll be ready for the start of the regular season. But whether it's in the November timeframe or December, whenever he's healthy and ready to go, I think it gives us a great asset in Max to be able to, partway into the season, potentially give us a real jolt offensively in our top six, someone who can help us on the power play, someone who has proven time and time again that they can find ways to score, which is something that is coveted around the League.

While it's nice to see the Pacioretty is making progress by the time he steps on the ice it will be nearly 20 months since he's player meaningful games and at almost 35-years-old it's difficult to predict how his body will react.
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