Ve­gas signs Pa­cioretty to ex­ten­sion af­ter trade

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LAS VE­GAS (AP) — The Golden Knights wasted lit­tle time in mak­ing sure Max Pa­cioretty will be around for the long haul af­ter pulling off the trade that is bring­ing the for­mer Mon­treal Cana­di­ens cap­tain to Las Ve­gas.

The team an­nounced Mon­day that it had signed Pa­cioretty to a $28 mil­lion, four-year con­tract ex­ten­sion that runs through the 202223 sea­son. The 29-year-old Pa­cioretty was en­ter­ing the fi­nal sea­son of a six-year deal.

“He can score goals, he’s a pro­duc­tive player, he brings speed, he brings some size and he fits our club,” Ve­gas gen­eral man­ager Ge­orge McPhee said. “He fits the per­son­al­ity of this club. He’s a very good twoway player. He can play in a lot of dif­fer­ent sit­u­a­tions.”

The Stan­ley Cup run­nerup Golden Knights ac­quired the All-Star for­ward Sun­day night from the Cana­di­ens for To­mas Tatar, prospect Nick Suzuki and a 2019 sec­on­dround pick.

The ad­di­tions of Pa­cioretty and vet­eran cen­ter Paul Stastny, whom the Knights signed ear­lier this year, up­grades a line that lost James Neal and David Per­ron to free agency over the sum­mer. It also in­cludes Alex Tuch, who en­joyed a break­out rookie sea­son dur­ing the Golden Knights’ run to the Stan­ley Cup Fi­nal.

“We’ve added a cou­ple of play­ers in Stastny and Pa­cioretty that are very good two-way play­ers, very good char­ac­ter peo­ple,” McPhee said. “I hope we’re a bet­ter team than we were last year.”

Pa­cioretty, who scored 226 goals and added 222 as­sists in 626 ca­reer games with Mon­treal, is ex­pected to ar­rive in Las Ve­gas this week. He’s al­ready fa­mil­iar with Golden Knights coach Ger­ard Gal­lant, who was an as­sis­tant coach with the Cana­di­ens un­der Michel Ther­rien in 2012.

Stastny has al­ready been get­ting fa­mil­iar with his new team­mates dur­ing op­tional work­outs and team scrim­mages.

“Ev­ery­one has kind of opened their arms up and helped me out with any­thing I need,” said Stastny, who had 16 goals and 37 as­sists last sea­son and helped Win­nipeg reach the Western Con­fer­ence Fi­nal. “It’s al­ways nice to get out here, get a cou­ple of skates and get to know the guys a lit­tle bit. Once camp rolls around I’ll be a lot more com­fort­able.”

Speak­ing af­ter a team work­out Mon­day, Tuch lauded Pa­cioretty.

“He’s great on the face­off dot, good de­fen­sively and a solid all-around player; he’s one of the top play­ers in the game right now, es­pe­cially with his goal-scor­ing abil­ity,” Tuch said.

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