In their first signing of the 2023 free agency period, the Washington Capitals are taking a gamble.
The team has agreed to terms with Max Pacioretty, a winger who has suffered two torn Achilles’ tendons in the past 12 months, on a one-year deal worth up to $4 million, the team announced.
WELCOME TO THE DISTRICT, MAX‼️
The Washington Capitals have signed forward Max Pacioretty to a one-year contract worth $2 million, plus an additional $2 million in performance-based incentives.#ALLCAPS
— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) July 1, 2023
The contract has a $2 million base salary as well as $2 million in potential bonus incentives.
“Max has proven to be a consistent goal scorer in his career and has the necessary skill set to play in every situation,” Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said. “We’re confident he’ll be a great contributor to our team at a cap number that suits our club.”
Pacioretty, 34, suffered the first tear shortly after signing with the Carolina Hurricanes last offseason. He returned to play in five games before suffering the second tear, ending his season.
Pacioretty most recently spent four seasons with the Vegas Golden Knights, where he tallied 37 points — 19 goals, 18 assists — in 39 games during the 2021-22 season.
The Montreal Canadiens selected Pacioretty with the No. 22 overall pick in the 2007 NHL Draft.