With the Vegas Golden Knights having no luck in trading Marc-Andre Fleury, GM Kelly McCrimmon has been trying to trade Max Pacioretty to gain some salary cap space.
“I’m told the Golden Knights have doubled down in recent days and weeks in an attempt to try and move Pacioretty,” TSN’s Frank Seravalli said on Insider Trading.
Pacioretty would go a long way in terms of getting some of that cap flexibility and also enable Vegas to potentially take a run at any number of the high-profile free agents that remain unsigned at this point, like a Mike Hoffman or an Erik Haula.
The Golden Knights are currently $974,104 over the salary cap for the upcoming season with 21 players on their roster.
Pacioretty scored 32 goals and added 34 assists in 71 games last season, leading the team in both goals and points.
Unfortunately for Vegas they will not get a return for a player like Pacioretty as this is a salary dump trade and teams will not pay a premium to acquire him.