Hurricanes forward Max Pacioretty to undergo Achilles surgery
After seeing his 2021-22 season cut short by injuries, striker Max Pacioretty called it bad luck, saying: “I hope it’s in my past.”
But Pacioretty must now overcome a serious injury before he can play for the Carolina Hurricanes, who acquired the veteran in a trade with the Vegas Golden Knights. Pacioretty, 33, will undergo surgery for a torn Achilles tendon and will miss approximately six months, the Hurricanes announced Tuesday.
The Hurricanes said the operation will be performed Wednesday by Dr. Kevin Logel of Raleigh Orthopedic.
Pacioretty is coming off a season with Vegas that was cut short by foot and hand injuries. He played 39 games, finishing with 19 goals and 18 assists.
Pacioretty was traded to Carolina along with defenseman Dylan Coghlan from the Golden Knights in exchange for future considerations on July 13 as Vegas sought to clear salary cap space.
After the trade, Pacioretty called the 2021-22 season “a weird year where it seemed like everything went wrong. My injuries were spot on and bad luck.”
The expected recovery time of a torn Achilles can vary. Forward Justin Williams suffered the same injury in September 2008 and was able to return to the Canes roster in early December.
The Canes’ swap for Pacioretty was meant to help make up for the loss of forwards Vincent Trocheck and Nino Niederreiter, who both left for free agency last month. They also signed free agent forwards Ondrej Kase and Ryan Dzingel, a former Canes player who agreed to a one-year, two-way contract.
This story was originally published August 9, 2022 9:55 p.m.