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The Carolina Hurricanes confirmed yesterday that forward Max Pacioretty has suffered another Achilles tendon tear, and has been placed on injured reserve.
The injury came late in the final minute of Thursday’s game against the Minnesota Wild, as Pacioretty caught an edge behind the net and went down without contact.
After being acquired this summer from the Vegas Golden Knights, Pacioretty spent the first half of the season recovering after surgery from his first Achilles tear.
The second injury comes after playing only five games with the Hurricanes following his return and given the recovery time, Pacioretty is almost certainly done for the season. The Raleigh News and Observer's Luke DeCock also reported that Pacioretty is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
Just in terms of general concern for Pacioretty, obviously, it’s a terrible turn of events. After putting so much work in to return early, only to suffer the exact same injury, has to be pretty devastating. Now 34 years old, this isn’t going to be an easy recovery and he’s now played only 44 games over the last two seasons.
In his limited time in the lineup, Pacioretty was already proving do be a great addition. The Hurricanes have their issues burying chances and lack some size in their top-six, so Pacioretty was a welcome addition.
Now with him out, you have to imagine the Hurricanes begin pursuing possible additions at the trade deadline. Teuvo Teravainen is likely to just jump back to playing on a line with Sebastian Aho and Seth Jarvis, but is having a bit off an off year and even at his best, he’s a very different player from Pacioretty.
Regardless, this could be it for Pacioretty in Carolina. He’ll be a free agent this summer and is facing another long recovery. Given his age, you have to think retirement altogether could at least be a possibility.
Hopefully, Pacioretty is able to fully recover, but it’s going to be interesting to see where the Hurricanes go from here.
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